unwittingly


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Synonyms for unwittingly

without knowledge or intention

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She regretted that he had spoken as he had and he, too, regretted it almost instantly as he saw the shadow cross her face and realized that he had unwittingly added to the difficulties of her already almost unbearable situation.
Tongue-tied by inexperience and by excess of ardor, wooing unwittingly and awkwardly, Martin continued his approach by contact.
Receiving no reply to this extraordinary appeal, which in truth, as it was delivered with the vigor of full and sonorous tones, merited some sort of notice, he who had thus sung forth the language of the holy book turned to the silent figure to whom he had unwittingly addressed himself, and found a new and more powerful subject of admiration in the object that encountered his gaze.
Catherine had kept up her acquaintance with the Lintons since her five-weeks' residence among them; and as she had no temptation to show her rough side in their company, and had the sense to be ashamed of being rude where she experienced such invariable courtesy, she imposed unwittingly on the old lady and gentleman by her ingenious cordiality; gained the admiration of Isabella, and the heart and soul of her brother: acquisitions that flattered her from the first - for she was full of ambition - and led her to adopt a double character without exactly intending to deceive any one.
``Because,'' replied the woodsman, ``I know not if these yeomen and I are used to shoot at the same marks; and because, moreover, I know not how your Grace might relish the winning of a third prize by one who has unwittingly fallen under your displeasure.''
Katharine unwittingly increased her reputation for wisdom by asking to be given knitting-needles too.
Blindly, unwittingly, erringly as Dickens often urged them, these ideals mark the whole tendency of his fiction, and they are what endear him to the heart, and will keep him dear to it long after many a cunninger artificer in letters has passed into forgetfulness.
Writers and artists, some willingly and others unwittingly, became key figures in the CIA's fight against Communism.
Apart from a culture which rejects the idea of personal sin, a major reason for the decline "is our failure to heed the Church's plea to allow children to experience sacramental reconciliation before First Holy Communion." We have unwittingly fostered a climate in which people receive the Eucharist when we know that they are objectively in a spiritual condition which makes confession imperative.
Margolin's concept of influence extends not only to those who unwittingly followed his ideal while repudiating his name, but also to those who distorted the ideal while embracing the name.
A visually stunning work with High Renaissance-styled sets and costumes by Tomasson's finest collaborator, Jens-Jacob Worsaae, this Romeo and Juliet seems unwittingly Balanchinean in its focus on the logic of steps as the fulcrum around which the ballet revolves.
But Reynolds finally begs the toughest question: "Who is to be held accountable for the 10 million Americans who have died prematurely from smoking?" In fact, in the last sentence of the book, when he uses the word "unwittingly" to refer to the damage inflicted by the product his elders made so famous, Patrick Reynolds undercuts the impact of his entire work.
Unwittingly, his father had become part of the famous "swampland in Florida schemes" of the 1950s and '60s that went from bad (Cape Coral) to worst (River Ranch).
Ball draws on areas of mathematics including probability theory, number theory, and geometry to explore a wide range of concepts we use daily, if unwittingly. For instance, he explains how mathematics enables us to transmit images from satellites back to Earth and how publishers use ISBN codes to identify books.
Now that the artist has, however unwittingly, fallen squarely onto more postmodern concerns of class and gender, his works no longer oscillate smoothly--indeed, they seem to stutter.