well acknowledged


widely recognized; generally accepted: an acknowledged authority on Chinese art.

1760–70; acknowledge + -ed2

acknowledgedly [ak-nol-ijd-lee, -i-jid-] , adverb
self-acknowledged, adjective
unacknowledged, adjective
well-acknowledged, adjective
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Word Origin & History

1550s, a blend of M.E. aknow (from O.E. oncnawan "understand," from on + cnawan "recognize;" see know) and M.E. verb knowlechen "admit." Somehow, in the merger, a parasitic -c- slipped in, so that, while the kn- became a simple "n" sound (as in know), the -c- stepped up to
preserve, in this word, the ancient "kn-" sound.
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