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unbowed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unbowed not forced to bow down to a conqueror
    • adj unbowed erect in posture "sit straight","stood defiantly with unbowed back"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unbowed Not bent or arched; not bowed down.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unbowed Not bowed or arched; not bent.
    • unbowed Hence Not subjugated; unsubdued; not put under the yoke.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unbowed un-bowd′ not bent: unconquered.
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Quotations

  • Ogden Nash
    Ogden%20Nash
    “No matter how deep and dark your pit, how dank your shroud, their heads are heroically unbloody and unbowed.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, not + bowed,

Usage

In literature:

Not sorrowful is she there; she sits with head unbowed, for she knows herself to be a mighty queen.
"The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles" by Padraic Colum
Thereupon Lord BRASSEY, his brow bloody but unbowed, intimated that "a time would come," and meanwhile withdrew his motion.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, March 12, 1919" by Various
Who can wonder at the authority of the ancients, unbowed by an antiquity behind?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
His head is bloody but unbowed.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
Yet the medic stood unbowed as the wave broke upon him in full.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
As he gripped my hand I perceived that he was smitten but unbowed.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He stood unbowed beneath the ills upon him piled.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
Isabella is like a stately and graceful cedar, towering on some alpine cliff, unbowed and unscathed amid the storm.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
That weary but unbowed antagonist of hunger and despair, after shrugging his shoulders, considered the matter, while Sebastian waited.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
Her head was unbowed.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody but unbow'd.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
Thus they came back, the Irish Tynesiders, with bloody but unbowed heads.
"The Irish on the Somme" by Michael MacDonagh
Yes, Neale too would hold up an unbowed, bloody head.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.
"The Five Great Philosophies of Life" by William de Witt Hyde
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In poetry:

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
"Invictus: The Unconquerable" by William Ernest Henley
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
"Out Of The Night That Covers Me" by William Ernest Henley
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud;
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
"Unconquered" by William Ernest Henley
Gold and glory and fleeting pleasure
Pass in dust or as melting cloud:
You can dower with eternal treasure
Heart uplifted and head unbowed.
"Middle Harbour" by John Le Gay Brereton
"Down with tyrants!" is his proud reply.
A dozen wicked shots ring out,
And their echo hits the frozen sky.
Johannes sinks, still holding high
His head. He dies defiant and unbowed.
"Johannes" by Hristo Smirnenski
Mother, with unbowed head
Hear thou across the sea
The farewell of the dead,
The dead who died for thee.
Greet them again with tender words and grave,
For saving thee, themselves they could not save.
"Farewell" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

Minnesota Vikings' Jared Allen bloodied but unbowed in altercation.
Google, Foursquare Unbowed by Facebook Deals Location Service.
In Political Storm, Governor's Wife Is Hurt but Unbowed .
A Queen's Composer, but Ever Unbowed .
President Unbowed as Benchmarks Are Unmet.
Like a Tree, Unbowed .
Back at Shea Stadium, Tired but Unbowed .
' Unbowed warrior' wrong on Agent Orange.
Battered but unbowed at Middendorf's.
There's almost no talk about missed opportunities, and that's a tribute to his unbowed posture.
Mozilo Unbowed Says Countrywide Was 'World- Class Company.
Rabbi's hopeful fiscal cliff morphs 'into a cloud ' and the economy remains unbowed.
Mozilo Unbowed Says Countrywide Was 'World-Class Company .
Mozilo Unbowed Says Countrywide Was 'World-Class Company.
Rabbi's hopeful fiscal cliff morphs 'into a cloud' and the economy remains unbowed.
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