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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unwit To deprive of wit.
    • n Unwit Want of wit or understanding; ignorance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unwit To be ignorant.
    • n unwit Lack of wit; folly.
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  • Bible
    “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. [Hebrews 13:2]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + wit,


In literature:

I was unwitting agent in both cases; but that did not make him love me the more.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
I have told you that it was several days later that Des Hermies unwittingly revealed your identity to me.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Unwittingly, in my gratitude, I had raised it, and now I pursued my way in the glare of a pitiless publicity.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Finally he enters the sanctuary, where the god reveals himself unwitnessed, and speaks to him face to face.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
She would achieve it easily if the Allies unwittingly helped her, as they were doing.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Yet to have erred unwittingly abates The fire of wrath; and thou art in this case.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Unwitting marriage with an Eta woman has long been a common motif in fiction and folk story.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
But suppose, unwittingly, I had been right?
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
And I owe one to Winthorpe for having unwittingly opened my eyes to my condition.
"My Friend Prospero" by Henry Harland
The baronet must have unwittingly revealed the family secret, and the Jap was clever enough to perceive its value.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
At Ferrara he once nearly lost his life through unwittingly trampling upon the susceptibilities of the people, in the following manner.
"Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday" by Henry C. Lahee
Iris had unwittingly saved him from a serious, perhaps fatal, wound.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Hence the mistake into which I unwittingly fell.
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
With unwitting reverence we approached.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
The grief and banishment of Agave for her unwitting offense conclude the play.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
I could only imagine I must have carried it unconsciously in my hand and then dropped it unwittingly.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
Probably they were guides who had been summarily killed, having unwittingly led the enemy astray.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
Have not many Germans unwittingly testified to what they have seen and done?
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
Young Pete had unwittingly stirred up the old enmity.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
But he had brought the clergy unwittingly into trouble.
"Old St. Paul's Cathedral" by William Benham

In poetry:

So, in the country waked to-day,
I hear, unwitting of the change,
A cuckoo's throb from far away
Begin to strike, nor think it strange.
"Fact Or Fancy?" by James Russell Lowell
Children are by me—her children; oh God!
To see where their feet have unwittingly trod,
Tiny tracks in the loam of the new broken sod
Betwixt them and their mother!
"A Lament" by Charles Harpur
Alone, and unwitting, we spring into birth
To battle the battle of life upon earth;
Alone, and unwilling, we drop from the strife
When freely discharged of the battle of life.
"Bond Or Free? A Double Thought" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And the tenderest ones and weakest,
Who their wrongs have borne the meekest,
Lifting from those dark, still places,
Sweet and sad-remembered faces,
O'er the guilty hearts behind
An unwitting triumph find.
"The New Wife and the Old" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As one whom vague surprise
Has seized unwittingly, she lies;
And looks out on the world of change,
So drear and dim, so still and strange,
With wordless questions in her wide blue eyes,
Lost in a vague surprise.
"Tired. On A Picture Of A Tired Child" by Samuel John Stone
And then to counterbalance what you give
Thus all unwittingly, I smile or frown,
Am thoughtful, mirthful, grave or sunny-eyed
To meet your mood and help you best to live.
In me, all women to your wish bow down.
In you, all men at my desire abide.
"Love Sonnet XLII" by Zora Bernice May Cross

In news:

Paul Ryan's Unwitting Ally: Barack Obama.
An Unwitting Folk Hero Finds A Spotlight At Last.
Former labs a nightmare for unwitting homebuyers.
The GOP's Unwitting Tax Hikes.
Man's Facebook Date Used as Unwitting Getaway Driver.
An Unwitting Assist From the Hockey Mom.
Unwitting Party to Genocide.
Rebecca Ungerman Takes "The Unwitting Wife" on the Road.
Socialite Linked to Gen John Allen, Unwittingly Exposed Affair Between Petraeus, Broadwell.
Are you unwittingly aiding in the creation of explosives.
Lolo Jones unwittingly mocks paralyzed Eric LeGrand.
Ehrlich unwittingly shows the need for health care reform.
Millions Of Apple Users Unwittingly Tracked By Google.
Liberals, 'Moderates' Unwittingly Campaign for Perry.
Vanderbilt receivers unwittingly hold on to bad habit of dropping passes.

In science:

The one secure identification of a dim core source before Chandra is that based on the periodicity of the recycled pulsar in M 28 (not by Danner et al. 1994, who unwittingly analyzed background photons, but by Saito et al. 1997; see discussion in Verbunt 2001).
X-ray sources in globular clusters
Some of the theory has been discovered several times by apparently independent teams; whilst making a serious attempt to list key references, we apologise for unwitting omissions of which there will certainly be a few.
The Random-Cluster Model
In 1934 Menger unwittingly re-introduced Bernoulli’s error and introduced a new error by neglecting a diverging term.
Menger 1934 revisited
It is interesting to note that OED seems to include asteroids, and even moons, in the general definition, and also includes “approximately circular orbits” (a nod to cosmogony, unwitting or not).
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
For reasons that I will outline below, Norton interprets Einstein’s errant view of coordinate conditions as a consequence of his unwittingly according reality to spacetime coordinates.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Our claim is that this is the consequence of unwittingly summing a divergent series.
Graphene tests of Klein phenomena
Such a “conspiracy theory” of the prize as a vast psychology experiment executed on unwitting and unconsenting adults is as unlikely as it is disturbing.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
By not recognizing this intimate connection, we supply students who will unwittingly or unwillingly make the world more miserable.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
It is even more frightening that this anti-realism is glibly passed off as non-philosophical, for this suggests not only that many physicists have accepted a fundamentally antiscientific set of philosophical ideas but that, in addition, they have done so unwittingly.
Quantum Theory: Interpretation Cannot be Avoided
Type information flows naturally from having actual values (and hence types) at the time of code generation, and from the language’s core paradigm: by expressing the behavior of functions using multiple dispatch, the programmer unwittingly provides the compiler with extensive type information.
Julia: A Fast Dynamic Language for Technical Computing