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Unbént. adj.

  1. Not strained by the string.

    Apollo heard, and conqu'ring his disdain,
    Unbent his bow, and Greece inspir'd again.

  2. Having the bow unstrung.

    Why hast thou gone so far,
    To be unbent when thou hast ta'en thy stand,
    Th' elected deer before thee?
    Shakesp. Cymbeline.

  3. Not crushed; not subdued.

    But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes,
    The more thy fortune frowns, the more oppose.

  4. Relaxed; not intent.

    Be not always on affairs intent,
    But let thy thoughts be easy and unbent:
    When our mind's eyes are disengag'd and free,
    They clearer, farther, and distinctly see.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788)

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