American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not bowed; unbent.
- adj. Not subdued; unyielding: "My head is bloody but unbowed” ( W.E. Henley).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not bowed or arched; not bent.
- Hence Not subjugated; unsubdued; not put under the yoke.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not bent or arched; not bowed down.
- adj. not forced to bow down to a conqueror
- adj. erect in posture
“Finally, at the urging of her lawyer, she struck a plea bargain for a shorter sentence, and ended up being "unbowed" by her experience.”
“To be sure, some small-business owners are unbowed.”
“The documents do not reveal how – or whether – federal officials explicitly weighed the competing goals of ensuring New Yorkers' safety and projecting an image of a city and nation unbowed.”
“The rallies also spread to new areas of the capital, suggesting opposition to the 40-year Assad dynasty remains unbowed despite one of the most violent crackdowns of the Arab Spring.”
“Hurting but not yet slain; bleeding, baffled but not unbowed; they were at 51-37, with the third best record in baseball.”
“Gould was battered but unbowed, although he never again walked the streets without a bodyguard.”
“Unlike Bill Clinton in 1996, President Obama is unbowed by his party's defeat in 2010 and is determined to reclaim his mandate to expand government next year.”
“Yet producers STV remain unbowed, with talk of "exploring a range of options with other broadcasters" and "commitment to the brand".”
“In the dying months of the last Tory government, when all was doom and gloom for the Tories, when everyone knew they were going to lose the 1997 election heavily, there was one Tory who was unbowed, still took the fight to Labour and despite the polls saying otherwise, was telling the press he was predicting a Tory majority of 20 seats.”
“Let us progressives of this moment recall those 1911 and 1924 words of La Follette, beaten but unbowed.”
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