not returned or reciprocated: unrequited love.
not avenged or retaliated: an unrequited wrong.
not repaid or satisfied.

Origin of unrequited

First recorded in 1535–45; un-1 + requite + -ed2
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Historical Examples of unrequited

  • This sonata is a true drama of life, a story of unrequited passion.

    The Pianolist

    Gustav Kobb

  • Unrequited love is far less hard to bear when it meets with sympathy.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • The despair of unrequited love was thrice intensified by jealousy.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • Why suffer, as he was suffering, all the agonies of burning, unrequited love.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • It was the most undeserved, unrequited honour of my life that he would have had it so.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for unrequited



(of love, affection, etc) not reciprocated or returned
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Word Origin and History for unrequited

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of requite.

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