from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not reciprocated or returned in kind: unrequited love.

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  • adj. Unanswered; not returned; not reciprocated; not repaid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not requited; not recompensed; not reciprocated.

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

  • adj. not returned in kind


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  • With rare and mostly short lived exceptions, most of the characters on Battlestar Galactica experience more of the unrequited part of the phrase unrequited love.

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  • For some reason, I've also been thinking a lot of Charlie Brown (you know, from Peanuts) and the little red-haired girl that represented the cartoonist's long-term unrequited crush from long ago.

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  • No heart will be left unsatisfied; no spirit will mourn in unrequited love, for that happy region is the abode of love – of love without the defilements or the disquietudes of mortality, for there it is an everlasting, pure enjoyment.

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  • Friendship, by contrast, is essentially a kind of relationship grounded in a particular kind of special concern each has for the other as the person she is; and whereas we must make conceptual room for the idea of unrequited love, unrequited friendship is senseless.


  • I cried for what I can only describe as an unrequited love for an America that is always just out of our reach.

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  • "But it certainly didn't feel like it at the time", referring to the unrequited loves, an ill-advised brief engagement and other romantic incidents that fill her diary when she was in her twenties. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • I was also much more awkward back then than even now (and I'm still very awkward today) ... anyway, I made a move on her, which promptly was rejected (remember, awkward), and sent me into three years of depression (aka unrequited love) ...

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  • It's called unrequited love and it happens all the time.

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  • What I think many of us are left with in the wake of all this is extreme frustration, a sense of helplessness, and in many respects, a kind of unrequited love.

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