Hun


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Hun

 (hŭn)
n.
1. A member of a group of Central Asian nomadic pastoralist peoples who invaded Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries ad and were defeated in 455.
2. often hun A barbarous or destructive person.
3. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a German, especially a German soldier in World War I.

[From Late Latin Hunnī, the Huns, of Central Asian origin; akin to Sogdian xwn, Sanskrit hūṇaḥ, and Middle Chinese xuawŋ-nɔ (source of Mandarin Xiōngnú), a member of various Central Asian peoples or multiethnic confederations that conquered and raided the Eurasian steppes in late antiquity, probably from their self-designation .]

Hun·nic adj.

Hun

(hʌn)
n
1. (Peoples) a member of any of several Asiatic nomadic peoples speaking Mongoloid or Turkic languages who dominated much of Asia and E Europe from before 300 bc, invading the Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries ad
2. informal (esp in World War I) a derogatory name for a German2
3. informal a vandal
[Old English Hūnas, from Late Latin Hūnī, from Turkish Hun-yū]
ˈHunˌlike adj

Hun

(hʌn)

n.
1. a member of a pastoral people of the Eurasian steppes, who in the late 4th century a.d. began a course of alternating conflict and alliance with their Iranian and Germanic neighbors and the Roman Empire: they reached the height of their power in Europe under Attila in the 5th century, and then disappeared from history.
2. (often l.c.) a barbarous, destructive person; vandal.
3. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German soldier in World War I or II.)
b. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German.)
[before 900; singular of Huns, Old English Hūnas; akin to Late Latin Hunnī]
usage: The meanings represented by definitions 3a and 3b, though appearing mostly in historical contexts, are used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting, since the Germans are likened to the barbarous, warlike, destructive Huns of the 4th and 5th centuries.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hun - a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th centuryHun - a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th century
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
2.Hun - offensive term for a person of German descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
German - a person of German nationality
Translations
hunnisakemanni

Hun

[hʌn] N
1. (Hist) → huno m
2. (pej) (= German) → tudesco m, alemán m

Hun

n
(Hist) → Hunne m, → Hunnin f
(pej inf)Teutone m (pej), → Teutonin f (pej), → Boche m (pej)

Hun

[hʌn] n (History) → Unno (offensive) (German) → crucco/a
References in classic literature ?
The Hun smiled in his relief, passed a cheery word with his lieutenant, and then scanned the broad plain with his field glasses.
Returning to the rose garden, he stood among the Hun trampled blooms and bushes above the grave of his dead-with bowed head he stood there in a last mute farewell.
I dare say that I could throw myself over a precipice, like the Hun in the history books, if my courage to do it were questioned, and yet it would surely be pride and fear, rather than courage, which would be my inspiration.
This may be so, for when the Magyars conquered the country in the eleventh century they found the Huns settled in it.
No one but a nation of pirates, of ferocious and conscienceless huns, could have inaugurated such a campaign.
Then he would pass through the land of the Almains and the great Roman Empire, and so to the country of the Huns and of the Lithuanian pagans, beyond which lies the great city of Constantine and the kingdom of the unclean followers of Mahmoud.
The legendary hosts of Goths and Huns, the hugest armies Asia has ever seen, would have been but a drop in that current.
The Sam Rainsy Party alleged Hun Sen and Kem Sokha expressed a common goal to destroy the SRP and charged Kem Sokha is but a puppet of the CPP.
Rainsy is seeking the information from Facebook on the grounds it will aid his legal defence in Cambodia, where he was convicted of defamation for claiming Hun Sen had bought likes from so-called 'click farms'.
Hun Sen issued the thinly veiled warning in the wake of the prince's recent announcement that he intends to come back to lead his self-named party to complete in the next general election in 2013.
In a short video posted to Facebook on Sunday, Bou Rachana - the widow of revered political analyst Kem Ley who was granted asylum in Australia - added her voice to the calls for protests against Hun Sen.
New Delhi [India], Jan 27 ( ANI ): External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Saturday called on Prime Minister of Cambodia Samdech Hun Sen.