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Usage examples for unfamiliarity

  1. The unfamiliarity of the house, the knowledge of the silent figure in the drawing- room at the foot of the stairs, and of whatever might be waiting in the library beyond, made my position uncomfortable, to say the least. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. We left Innsbruck in the early morning with the intention of spending that night at Cortina d'Ampezzo, but, owing to our unfamiliarity with the roads and to delays due to tire trouble, nightfall found us lost in the Dolomites. – The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the Ægean by Edward Alexander Powell
  3. Members of foreign " colonies" not only tend to remain ignorant of American life, but unfamiliarity with self- government encourages their exploitation by political " bosses." – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  4. They reached the corner and for an instant the dark unfamiliarity of the lane daunted her. – Command by William McFee
  5. All this, and more, the invaders suggested- atheism, unfamiliarity with soap and water, and, more vaguely, an exotic poetry and art that to the virile of American descent is saturated with something indefinable yet abhorrent. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  6. In all our talk about novels we are hampered and held up by our unfamiliarity with what is called their technical aspect, and that is consequently the aspect to confront. – The Craft of Fiction by Percy Lubbock
  7. But what with the darkness and his unfamiliarity with that part of the coast, he had failed to land in the cove adjoining the fisher village of Motthaven, and had beached his craft a considerable distance to the south of the place. – The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune by Wilbur Lawton
  8. The French instructors complimented him on the excellence of his marksmanship, considering his acknowledged unfamiliarity with the weapon. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  9. Nothing but unfamiliarity with the legal processes and phrases on which the wit frequently turns, prevents him from being widely popular. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  10. Whether from an unfamiliarity with wild men, or from some other reason, this creature proved offensive to him. – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  11. That afternoon, what with tea and the curiosities of the Thames tunnel and the unfamiliarity of the streets, passed so quickly that the only method of prolonging it was to plan another expedition for the following day. – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  12. The mere shapes of the buildings, weird and tall, startle by their unfamiliarity – Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation by Lafcadio Hearn
  13. This is one of the mysterious and unexplored places in Gaston's nature since his return, that gives me the strangest, the most terrifying sense of unfamiliarity with him- and he, the tenderest, the most devoted husband- a man I should admire even if I did not love him. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  14. As the feeling of timidity and unfamiliarity wore off she began to be conscious of a glow in her blood as if she were breathing some pure mountain air. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  15. In the first place, it will be found that when an idea which has grown familiar as an unanalysed whole is first resolved accurately into its component parts- which is what we do when we define it- there is almost always a feeling of unfamiliarity produced by the analysis, which tends to cause a protest against the definition. – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  16. Had loved it, and had been proud of the fact that it was deemed the most imposing edifice in the new world; now its aspect was one of forbidding unfamiliarity – Peggy Owen and Liberty by Lucy Foster Madison
  17. Finally, the protection afforded by the Manitoba Grain Act was not to be questioned; for while it was impossible to draft any Act which would prevent all the abuses alleged, it had been the means of providing many weapons of defence for the farmer and unfamiliarity with these provisions by individual farmers was scarcely to be blamed upon the Act itself. – Deep Furrows by Hopkins Moorhouse
  18. It struck the sole familiar note in the extraordinary unfamiliarity of everything around him. – Antony Gray,--Gardener by Leslie Moore
  19. Second by second his desperate unfamiliarity with the whole thing, his utter ignorance of the tone and temper of the men he was to conduct- their respective abilities and faults- were revealing themselves to him. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter