unheard-of

unheard-of
adjective
previously unknown
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a first novel by an unheard of writer

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developments on an unheard-of scale

Similar to: ↑unknown

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adj
1 UNTHINKABLE, inconceivable, unbelievable, unimaginable, undreamed-of, unprecedented, extraordinary, exceptional, unacceptable, offensive, shocking, outrageous, preposterous
2 UNKNOWN, unfamiliar, new, unusual, obscure, unsung, unheralded, undiscovered
≠ 1 normal, acceptable 2 famous

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[adjective]
1. unprecedented, inconceivable, new, novel, singular, unique
2. shocking, disgraceful, outrageous, preposterous
3. obscure, unfamiliar, unknown

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\\ˌ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ adjective
Etymology: un- (I) + heard of, past participle form of the phrase hear of, from hear (I) + of
: previously unknown : new, unprecedented

a first novel by an unheard-of writer

amphibious operations … would soon by necessary on an unheard-of scale — J.P.Baxter b. 1893

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/un herrd"uv', -ov', -euhv/, adj.
1. that was never heard of; unknown: an unheard-of artist.
2. such as was never known before; unprecedented: an unheard-of salary.
3. shocking or outrageous: unheard-of conduct.
[1585-95]

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unheard-of UK US adjective
something that is unheard-of is very unusual or has never happened before

This was an unheard-of piece of luck.

Thesaurus: unusual in an interesting waysynonym

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unheard-of [unheard-of] [ʌnˈhɜːd ɒv] [ʌnˈhɜːrd ʌv] adjective
that has never been known or done; very unusual

He'd dyed his hair, which was almost unheard-of in the 1960s.

It is almost unheard-of for a new band to be offered such a deal.

 
Example Bank:

At that time, it was completely unheard-of for girls to go to university.

He was sentenced to a hitherto unheard-of seven life terms in prison.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

См. также в других словарях:

  • Unheard — Un*heard , a. 1. Not heard; not perceived by the ear; as, words unheard by those present. [1913 Webster] 2. Not granted an audience or a hearing; not allowed to speak; not having made a defense, or stated one s side of a question; disregarded;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unheard of — Unheard Un*heard , a. 1. Not heard; not perceived by the ear; as, words unheard by those present. [1913 Webster] 2. Not granted an audience or a hearing; not allowed to speak; not having made a defense, or stated one s side of a question;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unheard-of — unheard′ of adj. 1) cvb unprecedented: an unheard of scientific advance[/ex] 2) cvb outrageous: unheard of extravagance[/ex] 3) not previously known: the debut of an unheard of singer[/ex] • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • unheard — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not heard or listened to. 2) (unheard of) previously unknown …   English terms dictionary

  • unheard — [unhʉrd′] adj. 1. not heard; not perceived by the ear 2. not given a hearing 3. former var. of UNHEARD OF …   English World dictionary

  • unheard-of — [unhʉrd′uv΄] adj. 1. not heard of before; unprecedented or unknown 2. unacceptable or outrageous [unheard of effrontery] …   English World dictionary

  • Unheard-of — Un*heard of, a. New; unprecedented; unparalleled. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unheard — index diffident, ineffable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unheard of — index extraordinary, implausible, ludicrous, noteworthy, novel, original (creative), peculiar (cur …   Law dictionary

  • unheard — c.1300 not detected by sense of hearing, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + pp. of HEAR (Cf. hear). Meaning unknown, new is attested from late 14c. (O.E. had ungehered in this sense). Usually with of since 1590s. Cf. O.N. oheyrðr, Dan. uhèrt, M.Du.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • unheard-of — [adj] unique, obscure exceptional, inconceivable, little known, nameless, new, novel, outlandish, preposterous, rare, shocking, singular, unbelievable, undiscovered, unfamiliar, unknown, unlikely, unprecedented, unrenowned, unsung, unusual;… …   New thesaurus


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