What is the opposite of familiar?

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Adjective
Opposite of frequent or common
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“David had been away for so long that his hometown had became an unfamiliar sight.”
Adjective
Opposite of having information as a result of previous exposure to the given subject
“I am unacquainted with this particular process, but I am willing to learn on the job.”
Adjective
Opposite of being on friendly terms
“Vince and his daughter had become estranged since the breakup of his relationship with his wife.”
Adjective
Opposite of informal or intimate to an inappropriate degree
“Young George showed maturity beyond his years and was respectful to everyone.”
Adjective
Opposite of comfort based on one's experience and knowledge with their surroundings
“There was something eerie about the strange old Victorian mansion where they stayed for the night.”
Adjective
Opposite of well-known or long established
“The obscure reference to a bygone era was as mysterious as it was intriguing.”
Adjective
Opposite of having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact
“Jack was oblivious to the fact that Ursula was flirting with him.”
Adjective
Opposite of traditionally, or generally, recognized and accepted
“One must be wary of the quack doctor who treats his patients using unfamiliar techniques.”
Adjective
Opposite of something or someone that is beloved
“Because of the affair, you have become irrelevant to me.”
Adjective
(of a person) Opposite of informal or intimate to an inappropriate degree
“Her modest and unassuming manner is admirable and, in a way, is one of the reasons why the volunteers go out of their way to help.”
Adjective
Opposite of very commonly encountered or observed
“His presence may be rare, but his message has resonated within our community for years.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by a close or warm personal relationship
Adjective
Opposite of marked by having extensive life experiences
“They're too young, too inexperienced and, by the look of their work, unmusical.”
Adjective
Opposite of widely known, especially in a positive way
Adjective
Opposite of pleasant and amicable in nature
“The two hot-headed professors had a hostile debate about the reality and effects of climate change.”
Adjective
Opposite of used in or suitable for everyday conversation rather than formal or official contexts
Adjective
Opposite of having no strong positive or negative features
“The politician's speech was dramatic and struck a chord with those who had attended his rally.”
Adjective
Opposite of informed on a given topic or field
“As you know, I am an academic scholar but completely ignorant in matters regarding any kind of sport.”
Adjective
Opposite of impudent or cheeky
Adjective
(of cultural activities or products) Opposite of designed with the intention to suit the taste of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals
“Their activity sections are supposedly quite highbrow, but they still have lots of popular things to do.”
Adjective
Opposite of tending to favor the status quo and averse to change
Adjective
Opposite of having a relaxed, friendly, or unofficial style, manner, or nature
Adjective
(of people) Opposite of unwilling to be separated
Adjective
(typically used to describe phrases) Opposite of hackneyed or trite
“It was a refreshing interview to hear someone be so honest and original with their answers.”
Noun
Opposite of a person who frequents or visits a given place often
“I'm a newcomer here, so could you show me around?”
Noun
(obsolete) Opposite of a close friend
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Noun
Opposite of a person who visits a place often
Adverb
Opposite of having knowledge of a fact or information
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