unaccustomed [uhn-uh-kuhs-tuhmd] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unaccustomed on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. not accustomed or habituated: to be unaccustomed to hardships.
  2. unusual; unfamiliar: A brief after-dinner speech is an unaccustomed pleasure.

Origin of unaccustomed First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + accustomed Related formsun·ac·cus·tomed·ness, nounSynonyms for unaccustomed See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 2. uncommon, extraordinary, curious, peculiar, unexpected. Related Words for unaccustomed ignorant, uninformed, unfamiliar, incompetent, inexperienced, novice, unacquainted, unseasoned, unskilled, untaught, untrained, uninstructed, unpracticed, alien, altered, bizarre, different, eccentric, exceptional, exotic Examples from the Web for unaccustomed Contemporary Examples of unaccustomed

  • A month after that announcement, unaccustomed daylight was forced upon the lithium-ion battery industry.

    Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo

    Clive Irving

    May 5, 2014

  • While Kelley is unaccustomed to dealing with the media and was nervous about our sit-down, her task is in many ways far easier.

    Like Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell Eyes Comeback After Petraeus Scandal

    Howard Kurtz

    January 23, 2013

  • It is a moment of unaccustomed celebration in a country that has known unimaginable suffering.

    Southern Sudan’s Historic Independence Referendum

    John Avlon

    January 9, 2011

  • John Avlon talks to jubilant Sudanese voters on the ground at a moment of unaccustomed celebration.

    Southern Sudan’s Historic Independence Referendum

    John Avlon

    January 9, 2011

  • Citizens of the Palmetto State woke up yesterday with an unaccustomed feeling when they opened the political page: pride.

    The End of Southern Racism?

    John Avlon

    June 24, 2010

  • Historical Examples of unaccustomed

  • You think of your wife, grappling with a kind of difficulty to which she is unaccustomed.

    The Conquest of Fear

    Basil King

  • His voice was modulated to an unaccustomed mildness as he spoke.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He was unaccustomed to seeing her show suffering, and it embarrassed him.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • The unaccustomed action was significant; it bespoke a passionate loyalty.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • You are right in supposing that I am not unaccustomed to—an influential position.’

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • British Dictionary definitions for unaccustomed unaccustomed adjective

    1. (foll by to) not used (to)unaccustomed to pain
    2. not familiar; strange or unusual

    Derived Formsunaccustomedness, noun Word Origin and History for unaccustomed adj.

    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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