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Origin of unflinching

First recorded in 1720–30; un-1 + flinch1 + -ing2
Related formsun·flinch·ing·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of unflinchingly

  • She met my eye as unflinchingly as if her bosom had been steeled with conscious innocence.

  • I say that he went on unflinchingly, and surely no goat could have climbed quicker than he did.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • He could have faced death as he had faced it before, unflinchingly; that was all in the day's work.

    The Finding of Haldgren

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • "They would have hung him at the yard-arm, as he deserved," said Hurlstone unflinchingly.

  • Three pairs of eyes watched him as he entered, but he faced them unflinchingly.

    The Cheerful Smugglers

    Ellis Parker Butler

British Dictionary definitions for unflinchingly


  1. not shrinking from danger, difficulty, etc
Derived Formsunflinchingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unflinchingly



1728, from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of flinch (v.). Related: Unflinchingly.

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