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  1. unwished-for.
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Origin of unwished

First recorded in 1575–85; un-1 + wish + -ed2


verb (used with object)
  1. to cease to wish for.
  2. Obsolete. to wish away.
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Origin of unwish

First recorded in 1585–95; un-2 + wish
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Examples from the Web for unwished

Historical Examples

  • Elsie was extremely irritated by this unwished for interview.

    Little Lost Sister

    Virginia Brooks

  • He preferred the chance of a row with the populace to his unwished for splendor.

  • When you see apparent irregularities—unexpected and unwished for—deem them to be rightly done.

  • The imagination is rebelliously evil, often uncontrollable; and the thought rose up unbidden and unwished for.

    Trevlyn Hold

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Then she thought of Dad, and though still dismal, unwished the wish, and was content to remain a girl.

    A Little Bush Maid

    Mary Grant Bruce

British Dictionary definitions for unwished


  1. not desired; unwelcome
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verb (tr)
  1. to retract or revoke (a wish)
  2. to desire (something) not to be or take place
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