Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being unexpected.
- n. The state of being unexpected.
- n. extraordinariness by virtue of being unexpected
- unexpected + -ness (Wiktionary)
“He waves his hand between us and I know that he is referring to the unexpectedness of our feelings for each other.”
“Never did Nature provide a more convenient resting-place for twin-glasses, than the ridge of Miss Thusa's nose, which rose with a sudden, majestic elevation, suggesting the idea of unexpectedness in the mind of the beholder.”
“The delightful part of reading through the list of honorees is the unexpectedness of acknowledging both men and women for their contributions, and the fact that many of the names are both unpronounceable and unfamiliar.”
“I like it best of your tiles so far … it has a simplicity and elegance of composition, and the crystals in the blue glaze give it unexpectedness.”
“While Miss West was telling of the unexpectedness of the voyage, of how suddenly she had decided to come -- she accounted for it as a whim -- and while she told of all the complications she had encountered in her haste of preparation, I found myself casting up a tally of the efficient ones on board the Elsinore.”
“So it degenerates into a species of word-juggleery that at first astonishes by its unexpectedness, then pleases by its dexterity, and finally offends by reason if its misplaced ingenuity.”
“For me, the whole charm of this kind of art is its unpredictability, its unexpectedness.”
“These sites, valuable rather than holy, help us to recover perspective, reorder our ambitions, quell our paranoias and remind us of the interest and obliging unexpectedness of life.”
“The unexpectedness of the crushing hurt of it caused him to yelp and at the same time instinctively and spasmodically to pull back with all his strength.”
“There are elements of surprise in a slasher film, but that's not the kind of unexpectedness I'm talking about.”
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