What is unrequited

Unrequited Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

un·​re·​quit·​ed ˌən-ri-ˈkwī-təd 

: not requited : not reciprocated or returned in kind

unrequited love

Example Sentences

a song about unrequited love

Recent Examples on the Web Our motomami is treating a bad case of unrequited love with un delirio de grandeza.Vulture, 27 Jan. 2023 But one person resurfaced about 15 years ago: an unrequited love that had left him a bachelor. —Suhasini Raj Atul Loke, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 Chazelle doesn’t realize that blacks, Asians, and Latinos will instantly see that Manny’s unrequited love for Nellie is doomed, because the gringa is not a silent-era ideal like Lillian Gish or Greta Garbo or Louise Brooks but is clearly nuts. —Armond White, National Review, 13 Jan. 2023 But another respected theater critic colleague cogently argued over lunch that the production’s key performance is Mendez’s Mary Flynn, the wisecracking, heavy-drinking writer whose unrequited love for Franklin destroys something inside of her. —Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 The line was from a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky about unrequited love, religion and the chaos of revolution. —Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2022 Even so, Calva can’t make plausible the dual implausibility of Manny’s career rise and his unrequited love for Nellie. —Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Dec. 2022 In the swirl of the eponymous Fleetwood Mac album, one understated ode to unrequited love particularly stood out. —Gwen Ihnat, EW.com, 8 Dec. 2022 The collaboration is an introduction to the band's upcoming album and the visuals portrayed a stirring exploration of unrequited love. —Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrequited was in 1556

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