from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being unwonted; uncommonness; rareness.

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  • noun The quality of of being unwonted or unusual; deviation from custom or habit.


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unwonted +‎ -ness


  • But in proportion to the unwontedness of such a calamity befalling Lacedaemonians, a widespread mourning fell upon the whole


  • No surprise or sense of unwontedness entered the minds of the servants at her early ride.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • The trees of the fields and plantations writhed like miserable men as the air wound its way swiftly among them: the lowest portions of their trunks, that had hardly ever been known to move, were visibly rocked by the fiercer gusts, distressing the mind by its painful unwontedness, as when a strong man is seen to shed tears.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Not because of the unwontedness of a return to English scenery; not because he was about to meet his parents, and settle down for awhile to English cottage life.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • The effect which lectures produce on a hearer depends on his habits; for we demand the language we are accustomed to, and that which is different from this seems not in keeping but somewhat unintelligible and foreign because of its unwontedness.


  • They looked as if they had all their lives been meaning to go to Saratoga, and now they had got there and were determined not to betray any unwontedness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • Amazing to me was their appearance because of the unwontedness of their trappings both in form and in garb.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • The next evening a frightened little girl clad in one of Lily Jennings's white embroidered frocks was racing to the Jenningses 'house, and another little girl, not at all frightened, but enjoying the stimulus of mischief and unwontedness, was racing to the wood behind Dr. Trumbull's house, and that little girl was clad in one of Amelia Wheeler's ginghams.

    The Copy-Cat, & Other Stories

  • For the truth of the faith and the unwontedness of the miracle alike remain, for Catholics, unshaken.

    The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy

  • We were all -- even Claydon -- ready to concede that Mrs. Grancy's unwontedness was in some degree a matter of environment.

    The Moving Finger.


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