from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not invited, asked, or requested; unasked: unbidden guests; comments unbid and unwelcome.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not invited, requested or asked for
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not bidden; not commanded; hence, spontaneous.
- Uninvited; not requested to attend.
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Keats who seems to emerge unbidden from the shadows, as if the act of gazing into the darkness brought him to the surface.
A waiter, again unbidden, brought the chessboard and the current issue of the Times, with the page turned down at the chess problem.
The word came unbidden and in a voice that was his and not his.
Spock found that he took some satisfaction in every privacy the outfit afforded, and every inch which would remain—the phrase came unbidden—for his eyes only.
It regarded her arrogantly, and gave its odd name unbidden, and commanded her to come; these were not things Myrddraal did with the Chosen.
A name came unbidden from Rhonin’s early studies … Agamaggan … a demigod of primal fury …
This moment reads less as a triumphant breakthrough, however, and more as a kind of imaginative arrest, similar to what Christabel experiences at the conclusion to Part I. Shelley's vision arrives "unbidden," her authorial task reduced to "making only
(So it should be "unbidden," but "unbade" sounds cooler here and fits the rhyme/meter.
My other hand steals to my abdomen unbidden, and I stare at the space where she was and wait.
His voice caught in his throat, tears rising unbidden.
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