Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not hoped or looked for.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not hoped or looked for; unexpected; not so probable as to excite hope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not hoped or expected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not hoped for; unexpected.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective so unexpected as to have not been imagined

Etymologies

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un- +‎ hoped

Examples

  • At times I would be encouraged by a little unhoped-for success, at others I would be in the deepest despair because of accidents and failures resulting from my inexperience.

    Curie, Marie Sklodowska

  • Men on cycles, lean-faced, unkempt, scorched along every country lane shouting of unhoped deliverance, shouting to gaunt, staring figures of despair.

    The War of The Worlds

  • If we give up our vague, devastating quest, I suspect the Iraqis will have a lot of suddenly frantic help from the chaos-sponsors and bystanders in their neighborhood, the countries which have been so deeply delighted at the ongoing spectacle of America's ignorant blunder, at the unhoped-for crippling of America, at the astonishing waste of American lives and resources.

    Frank Dwyer: Better Numbers

  • Cecilia, charmed at this unhoped for success, was making further enquiries into what had passed, when Mrs Hill, in a low voice, said,

    Cecilia

  • Meantime, the Lady of Avenel, with agonizing anxiety, saw that the efforts that the poor boy made to keep himself afloat, were now exchanged for a faint struggling, which would soon have been over, but for aid equally prompt and unhoped-for.

    The Abbot

  • So with her divine hands she snatched from the fire the dear son whom Metaneira had born unhoped-for in the palace, and cast him from her to the ground; for she was terribly angry in her heart.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • But for this unhoped-for help, I must have perished.

    Le Colonel Chabert

  • Those who cannot be enlightened by reason, can only be controlled by force; and this, coupled with her great privations, must soon have reduced her to a worse condition than that of the beasts that perish, but for timely and unhoped-for aid.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • If he had thought soberly over the probable future of a beautiful and penniless girl like Eve Chardon, he would have seen that this marriage was a piece of unhoped-for good fortune.

    Two Poets

  • When, on very great occasions, “the portress nun” allowed dancing, restricting the games of boston, whist, and backgammon within the limits of her bedroom, such a concession was accounted as the most unhoped felicity, and made them happier than going to the great balls, to two or three of which Guillaume would take the girls at the time of the Carnival.

    At the Sign of the Cat and Racket

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