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[hyoon or, often, yoon]
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  1. felled and roughly shaped by hewing: hewn logs.
  2. given a rough surface: hewn stone.
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Origin of hewn

1300–50; Middle English hewen, past participle of hew
Related formsun·hewn, adjectivewell-hewn, adjective
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Related Words for unhewn

raw, sketchy, hard, unpolished, ignorant, coarse, crude, imperfect, spartan, undressed, uncut, austere, cursory, formless, rough-and-ready, rudimentary, shapeless, unfinished, unformed, unrefined

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Historical Examples of unhewn

  • They were built of unhewn stone, but solid, and not inelegant.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

    Samuel Johnson

  • It is not at all ornamental: rough, unhewn arches and clumsy piers.'

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

  • Some of these were mere huts, built ruggedly of timber and unhewn stone.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • An unhewn stump of wood was the Dionysus idol of the rustic people.

  • The altar was to be of unhewn stone, and not reached by steps.

Word Origin and History for unhewn


strong past participle of hew.

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