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synonyms for unawares

  • short
  • aback
  • abruptly
  • accidentally
  • by accident
  • by mistake
  • by surprise
  • carelessly
  • ignorantly
  • inadvertently
  • mistakenly
  • off guard
  • sudden
  • surprisingly
  • unconsciously
  • unexpectedly
  • unintentionally
  • unknowingly
  • unprepared
  • unready
  • unwittingly
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antonyms for unawares

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  • consciously
  • knowingly
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How to use unawares in a sentence

Know where your risks are, so that you’re not caught unawares when it happens.
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This he did till an evil day when Aunty Rosa pounced upon him unawares and told him that he was "acting a lie."
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And hence, possibly, arose the disquieting sensation that something was gathering, something that might take them unawares.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
Instantly the captain sought to take advantage of it, thinking to catch Garnache unawares.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
He did not dare to call assistance; an unguarded word might have slipped out unawares.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
Queeker had been taken unawares, but he pressed his knees together, knitted his brows, and resolved not to be so taken again.
THE FLOATING LIGHT OF THE GOODWIN SANDSR.M. BALLANTYNE
She was so far from being so that Mr. Gryce was taken unawares, and for once in his life became impulsive.
THE CIRCULAR STUDYANNA KATHARINE GREEN
There were so many things to remind him of her—a sudden memory would catch him unawares, and stab him like a knife.
LOVE'S PILGRIMAGEUPTON SINCLAIR
The next morning Sabatier came before his time, Barrington was not ready to take him unawares.
THE LIGHT THAT LURESPERCY BREBNER
A faint rose dwelt in it, as though she had been found unawares bathing, and had blushed from head to foot.
THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, VOLUME XXIROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO UNAWARES

  • aback
  • by surprise
  • forthwith
  • sudden
  • suddenly
  • unanticipatedly
  • unaware
  • unawares
  • unexpectedly
  • without delay
  • without hesitation
  • without warning
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.