unbeknownst

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[ UK /ʌnbɪnˈə‍ʊnst/ ]
[ US /ənbiˈnoʊnst/ ]
ADVERB
  1. without someone's knowledge
    unbeknownst to me, she made all the arrangements
ADJECTIVE
  1. (usually used with `to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of
    a crisis unbeknown to me
    she had been ill for months, unbeknownst to the family
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How To Use unbeknownst In A Sentence

  • Trying to be inconspicuous, for reasons unbeknownst to her, she looked past Shamus to the writing all over his walls, trying to read the words bordering them.
  • As you say, Hercle is most definitely performing haruspicy because of his left foot raised to rest on what looks like nothing more than a stone, unbeknownst to mysterymonger De Grummond who mangles the meaning of the mirror with cutesy parenthesized question marks and disjointed artistic interpretations. More about egg symbols in Etruria and the rest of the classical world
  • New Orleans - Panic In The Streets (1950): Early Elia Kazan suspenser centers around an increasingly desperate search for two criminals on the lam in New Orleans (played by Jack Palance and Zero Mostel), who, unbeknownst to them, have been infested with bubonic plague. John Farr: The Best City Movies by Farr
  • Unbeknownst to us the malaysian student association had been using our home ground for an impromptu sunday arvo soccer comp. Cheeseburger Gothic » Burger Lite 23 April
  • Unbeknownst to them, a pair of brown eyes with a purple tint was watching them intently.
  • I know a Japanese woman whose name unbeknownst to her happened to be the same as that of a wanted member of the Japanese "Red Army". Can you spot the errors in this picture?
  • Unbeknownst to most of the country, a company in London has been using broadband connections via traditional phone lines to pipe television into homes.
  • The white chips were a hasty afterthought, and the fact that they sunk right to the very bottoms of the cakes is evidence of the fact that the initial cake recipe was (unbeknownst to me) flawed. Archive 2009-06-01
  • And when I wasn't playing it, it was replaying itself in my head - unbidden and sometimes almost unbeknownst.
  • With no bomb-shell of an October surprise namely a tape coming from Osama bin Laden as was done in the 2004 presidential campaign; a self-inflicted November surprise came about today when Sarah Palin took an active part in a prank phone call unbeknownst to her. Sarah Palin and the prank call: The GOP's self-inflicted November surprise
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