Definitions

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  • adj. Not espied or having been espied; unseen, unnoticed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not espied; not discovered; not seen.

Etymologies

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From un- +‎ espied.

Examples

  • Myself, said Panurge, will undertake to enter into their camp, within the very midst of their guards, unespied by their watch, and merrily feast and lecher it at their cost, without being known of any, to see the artillery and the tents of all the captains, and thrust myself in with a grave and magnific carriage amongst all their troops and companies, without being discovered.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The queen's majesty then living, being departed from his presence the next way toward her lodging, he following soon after happened to find her garter, which slacked by chance and so fell from her leg, unespied in the throng by such as attended upon her.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • The queen’s majesty then living, being departed from his presence the next way toward her lodging, he following soon after happened to find her garter, which slacked by chance and so fell from her leg, unespied in the throng by such as attended upon her.

    Of Degrees of People in the Commonwealth of Elizabethan England. Chapter I. [1577, Book III., Chapter 4; 1587, Book II., Chapter 5

  • But not on the Helper Hermes did sleep take hold as he sought within his heart how he should guide forth king Priam from the ships unespied of the trusty sentinels.

    The Iliad

  • Who loveth, veil of Love his force shall reave, * For tears shall tell his secrets unespied:

    Arabian nights. English

  • For over all this ground lay extended, then, in watchful strength all safe and unespied, the basilisk of whom the

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • Nothing, however, in a palace, passes altogether unespied, so that the Empress's messengers at length received information that their mistress and the Emperor had been seen to descend that gloomy access to the dungeons, which, by allusion to the classical infernal regions, was termed the Pit of

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • His prudence kept him from refusing the present; Dut his pride determined him, on his departure, to bury it while he fancied that he was unespied by all the world.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John

  • Nothing, however, in a palace, passes altogether unespied, so that the Empress’s messengers at length received information that their mistress and the Emperor had been seen to descend that gloomy access to the dungeons, which, by allusion to the classical infernal regions, was termed the Pit of Acheron.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • In the ocean's bosom unespied,” but at his house in Hampstead.

    Andrew Marvell

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