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  1. held in deep affection; cherished: loved companions; much-loved friends.
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Origin of loved

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
Related formsun·loved, adjectivewell-loved, adjective
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Related Words for unloved

unappreciated, hated, unpopular, abhorred, detested, scorned

Examples from the Web for unloved

Contemporary Examples of unloved

Historical Examples of unloved

  • His love, come so quickly, so suddenly, to her had leavened the memory of her unloved years.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Unloved, uncared for, my early years presented but few pleasures.

  • She lavished all the pent-up affection of an unloved existence on her husband.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

  • The child, unloved and uncared for by its selfish parents, had no bed in the house.


    Anatole France

  • Grievous indeed must be the fate of the lover who is unloved.

British Dictionary definitions for unloved


  1. not loved or cared forfeeling neglected and unloved
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Word Origin and History for unloved


late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of love (v.).

He that can love unloved again,
Hath better store of love than brain
[Robert Ayton (1570-1638)]
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