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unbending

[uhn-ben-ding] /ʌnˈbɛn dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not bending or curving; inflexible; rigid.
2.
refusing to yield or compromise; resolute.
3.
austere or formal; aloof.
Origin of unbending
1545-1555
1545-55; un-1 + bending
Related forms
unbendingly, adverb
unbendingness, noun

unbend

[uhn-bend] /ʌnˈbɛnd/
verb (used with object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
1.
to straighten from a bent form or position.
2.
to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax:
to unbend one's mind.
3.
to release from tension, as a bow.
4.
Nautical.
  1. to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
  2. to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
5.
to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner:
Imagine him unbending!
6.
to become unbent; straighten.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English; see un-2, bend1
Related forms
unbendable, adjective
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  • Yet in this unbending, there appeared even more decisively than hitherto the fine qualities in bearing of one delicately nurtured.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The former should be strict, authoritative, unbending; the latter should be mild and gentle.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • Then, unbending, throwing work to the winds, he became the most delightful of companions.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • He had been brought up in the most unbending school of Toryism.

  • He soon put me at ease, by unbending in a free and affable conversation.

    Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2 John Frederick Schroeder
  • Guizot was there early, pale and troubled, but stern and unbending.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
British Dictionary definitions for unbending

unbending

/ʌnˈbɛndɪŋ/
adjective
1.
rigid or inflexible
2.
characterized by sternness or severity: an unbending rule
Derived Forms
unbendingly, adverb
unbendingness, noun

unbend

/ʌnˈbɛnd/
verb -bends, -bending, -bent
1.
to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
2.
(informal) to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
3.
to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
4.
(transitive) (nautical)
  1. to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
  2. to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
Derived Forms
unbendable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unbending

unbend

v.

"to relax a bow by unstringing it," mid-13c., from un- (2) + bend (v.). Figurative meaning "to become genial, relax" (1748) has a sense opposite to that of unbending "inflexible, obstinate" (1680s), which does not derive from the bowstringing image.

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