from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not taught; not instructed.


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  • For one thing, it's a way of making sense of the apparent contradiction between Portia's self-presentation as "unschooled, unlessoned" and the pivotal role she plays in pronouncing sentences as I think you know I've written on before.

    Ferule & Fescue Flavia 2007

  • Beatrice, and the calmly devoted wisdom of the "unlessoned girl," who appears among the helplessness, the blindness, and the vindictive passions of men, as a gentle angel, bringing courage and safety by her presence, and defeating the worst malignities of crime by what women are fancied most to fail in, -- precision and accuracy of thought.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American Various

  • "In sooth, señora, till you first taught me to dissemble I was unlessoned in the art."

    Margaret Tudor A Romance of Old St. Augustine Annie T. Colcock

  • Since that magistrate was kicked aside as no longer available for the uses of Slavery, because of the very infamy he had won in its service, Mr. Buchanan, unlessoned by his fate, has adopted his views and carried out his policy.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858 Various

  • It was as if the old days were back, the old days when an unlessoned girl met an unlessoned man to dream of heaven together, in some restaurant room full of the lessons and sophistries of love.

    Married Life The True Romance May Edginton 1920

  • And yet -- was the passing social moment a proper occasion to shout and preach at the unlessoned upon the grim subject of their moral opportunities in this so complex world?

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison 1905

  • This was a man named Harkly Young, a youngish, tobacco-chewing fellow of lowly origin and unlessoned manners, who was

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison 1905

  • And then, with no premeditation at all, there came strange words from her, words clothing with unlessoned ease thoughts that certainly she had never formulated for Hugo Canning.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison 1905

  • For once before, for Zeus and his Alcmena, thou wentest contrary; thou art not unlessoned in running backward.

    Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology Anonymous 1902

  • He loved antiquarian research, and all such scientific problems as involve abstruse study and complex calculation, -- but equally he loved the simplest flower and the most ordinary village tale of sorrow or mirth recounted to him by any one of his unlessoned parishioners.

    God's Good Man Marie Corelli 1889


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