unheard-of


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un·heard-of

(ŭn-hûrd′ŭv′, -ŏv′)
adj.
1. Not previously known; unknown.
2. Without precedent; unparalleled.
3. Highly offensive; outrageous or brazen.

unheard-of

adj
1. previously unknown: an unheard-of actress.
2. without precedent: an unheard-of treatment.
3. highly offensive: unheard-of behaviour.

unheard′-of`



adj.
1. unprecedented: an unheard-of scientific advance.
2. outrageous: unheard-of extravagance.
3. not previously known: the debut of an unheard-of singer.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unheard-of - previously unknownunheard-of - previously unknown; "a first novel by an unheard of writer"; "developments on an unheard-of scale"
unknown - not known; "an unknown amount"; "an unknown island"; "an unknown writer"; "an unknown source"

unheard-of

adjective
1. unprecedented, inconceivable, undreamed of, new, novel, unique, unusual, unbelievable, singular, ground-breaking, never before encountered, unexampled In those days, it was unheard-of for a woman to work after marriage.
2. shocking, extreme, outrageous, offensive, unacceptable, unthinkable, disgraceful, preposterous, outlandish the unheard-of rate of a bottle of rum for $30
3. obscure, unknown, undiscovered, unfamiliar, little known, unsung, unremarked, unregarded an unheard-of comic waiting for his big break to come along

unheard-of

adjective
Not known or not widely known by name:
Translations

unheard-of

[ʌnˈhɜːdɒv] ADJ (= unprecedented) → inaudito; (= outrageous) → escandaloso

unheard-of

adj (= unknown)gänzlich unbekannt; (= unprecedented)einmalig, noch nicht da gewesen; (= outrageous)unerhört

unheard-of

[ʌnˈhɜːdɒv] adj (unprecedented) → inaudito/a, senza precedenti; (outrageous) → dell'altro mondo
References in classic literature ?
Hepzibah blundered to and fro about her small place of business, committing the most unheard-of errors: now stringing up twelve, and now seven, tallow-candles, instead of ten to the pound; selling ginger for Scotch snuff, pins for needles, and needles for pins; misreckoning her change, sometimes to the public detriment, and much oftener to her own; and thus she went on, doing her utmost to bring chaos back again, until, at the close of the day's labor, to her inexplicable astonishment, she found the money-drawer almost destitute of coin.
This was unheard-of presumption, but the superintendent said he would see about it, which Marija took to mean that she was going to get her money; after waiting three days, she went to see the superintendent again.
On one occasion, Miss Ophelia found Topsy with her very best scarlet India Canton crape shawl wound round her head for a turban, going on with her rehearsals before the glass in great style,--Miss Ophelia having, with carelessness most unheard-of in her, left the key for once in her drawer.
They are, Miss Eyre, though they absolutely require a new statute: unheard-of combinations of circumstances demand unheard-of rules.
a little nearer' than he used to be, always resorted to this same device before producing a single coin from his store; and that he endured unheard-of agonies in crawling out of bed alone, and taking it from that unlucky box.
I will pay it with the help of my brethren; for I must beg as a mendicant at the door of our synagogue ere I make up so unheard-of a sum.
I tried to tell him that an unheard-of thing had happened on the stage, but he roared,
All those who have perished on this mountain are awakening up to-day, as it were from a sleep, and are mounting their horses, and the whole population are gazing on this unheard-of wonder with joy and amazement.
He often corrected, with a few clear words, the thousand conjectures advanced by members of the club as to lost and unheard-of travellers, pointing out the true probabilities, and seeming as if gifted with a sort of second sight, so often did events justify his predictions.
We have no need, therefore, to say that D'Artagnan dared not join in the conversation, only he looked with all his eyes and listened with all his ears, stretching his five senses so as to lose nothing; and despite his confidence on the paternal admonitions, he felt himself carried by his tastes and led by his instincts to praise rather than to blame the unheard-of things which were taking place.
He clung to one idea -- that of his happiness, destroyed, without apparent cause, by an unheard-of fatality; he considered and reconsidered this idea, devoured it (so to speak), as the implacable Ugolino devours the skull of Archbishop Roger in the Inferno of Dante.
You have accomplished this unheard-of act of audacity and genius -- impossible