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[uhn-uh-kuhs-tuh md] /ˌʌn əˈkʌs təmd/
not accustomed or habituated:
to be unaccustomed to hardships.
unusual; unfamiliar:
A brief after-dinner speech is an unaccustomed pleasure.
Origin of unaccustomed
1520-30; un-1 + accustomed
Related forms
unaccustomedness, noun
2. uncommon, extraordinary, curious, peculiar, unexpected. Unabridged
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  • She said it was nothing serious, simply that I was unaccustomed to the fumes from the fires, which had gone to my head.

    Two Years in the Forbidden City The Princess Der Ling
  • He was unaccustomed to seeing her show suffering, and it embarrassed him.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The unaccustomed sight filled her with the horror bred of a mysterious disease.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • The unaccustomed action was significant; it bespoke a passionate loyalty.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Labor is pain to those who are unaccustomed to it, and the nature of man is averse to pain.

British Dictionary definitions for unaccustomed


(foll by to) not used (to): unaccustomed to pain
not familiar; strange or unusual
Derived Forms
unaccustomedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unaccustomed

1520s, "not customary, unfamiliar," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of accustom. Meaning "not accustomed or habituated" (to) is first attested 1610s.

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