Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Lack of wit or understanding; ignorance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of wit or understanding; ignorance.
  • transitive v. To deprive of wit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be ignorant.
  • n. Lack of wit; folly.

Etymologies

un- +‎ wit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Birdalone had heard from the thicket; and that she had so done when the two false way-leaders laid hold of her to drag her away from her man, who stood there before her bound to a tree that he might perish there, whereon the two caitiffs had smitten her into unwit that they might have no more of her cries.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • And she hath found me my love, thy brother Arthur, and delivered him from unwit and wanhope; and she it is who drew all you hither unto us, and who delivered you from the felons who had mastered you.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Such a theory has led to the plausible suggestion that in guarding against the dangers of the govern - mental contract of subjection, Rousseau had unwit - tingly replaced it with a Social Contract of subjection.

    SOCIAL CONTRACT

  • And often, to me, those men and women pass unwit -

    Leaves of Grass [1867]

  • Arthur, and delivered him from unwit and wanhope; and she it is who drew all you hither unto us, and who delivered you from the felons who had mastered you.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • This was the end of Viridis 'tale, save that she told how that it was she that had uttered those two shrieks which Arthur and Birdalone had heard from the thicket; and that she had so done when the two false way-leaders laid hold of her to drag her away from her man, who stood there before her bound to a tree that he might perish there, whereon the two caitiffs had smitten her into unwit that they might have no more of her cries.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

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