untenanted

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ tenanted

Adjective[edit]

untenanted (not comparable)

  1. Not leased to or occupied by a tenant; unoccupied.
    • 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, An History of the Earth and Animated Nature, London: J. Nourse, Volume 4, Chapter 2, p. 90,[1]
      As we have seen some quadrupedes formed to crop the surface of the fields, and others to live upon the tops of trees, so the Mole is formed to live wholly under the earth, as if Nature meant that no place should be left wholly untenanted.
    • 1842, Edgar Allan Poe, “The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy,” Graham’s Magazine, Volume 20, No. 5, May, 1842, p. 259,[2]
      [] a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Chapter 20, p. 247,[3]
      The house looked as though it had been long untenanted. The windows were encrusted with dust, and the shutters were up.
    • 1957, Neville Shute, On the Beach, New York: William Morrow & Co., Chapter 9,[4]
      Peter Holmes left the club and drove down to the hardware store in Elizabeth Street where he had bought the motor mower. It was untenanted and empty of people, but somebody had broken in a door and it had been partially looted in that anyone who wanted anything had just walked in to take it.

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