unbeknownst

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Etymology[edit]

c. 1636: probably from unbeknown +‎ -st

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  • IPA(key): /ˌʌnbɪˈnoʊnst/
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unbeknownst (not comparable)

  1. (followed by to) without the knowledge of
    He went home early, unbeknownst to his mother.
    • 2017 August 27, Brandon Nowalk, “Game Of Thrones slows down for the longest, and best, episode of the season (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Theon’s redemption scene convincingly threatens to kill him right there on the beaches of Dragonstone, dying for a good cause unbeknownst to anyone but the rapscallions who watched him die, but at last it swerves into something genuinely heroic.

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