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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Huns.
2. often hunnish Barbarous; destructive.

Hun′nish·ness n.
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1. (Historical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Huns
2. barbarously destructive; vandalistic
ˈHunnishly adv
ˈHunnishness n
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(ˈhʌn ɪʃ)

1. Also, Hun•nic (-ɪk) of or pertaining to the Huns.
2. (sometimes l.c.) barbarous; destructive.
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The knoll was there, but the Hunnish brambles had overrun and all but obliterated its effete grasses; and the patrician garden-violet had capitulated to his plebeian brother--perhaps had merely reverted to his original type.
"Freedom is a good investment, the safety of the British Empire from Hunnish horrors and the Prussian yoke is a good investment."
The Canadians were trapped by a new Hunnish trick, and were savagely slaughtered in the trapping.
Thus, in the south barbers were in the west of Africa, in the southeast there were the Arabs, in the west there were the Persians and in the northeast--Among the mountains of Ural, and Altai--settled down Asian bucolic peoples such as Scythians, Sarmatians, Hunnish, Franks, Bulgarians, Avars, Magyars, Mongolians and Turkish, and in the west of these peoples-Within the boundaries of any European--there were the Goths, Slav and Celts.
(1) A generation or so ago, energies were spent on unearthing the antecedents of socialism to show that it was not a naughty French or Hunnish importation, but authentically native to England.
Stephen with the preservation of a church's most sacred precinct during a Hunnish invasion: "no building in the town remained unburnt except the oratory of Saint Stephen, Levite and first martyr," who appeared to "one of the faithful" and told him that in the city of Metz there was a "spot there in which the relics of my own humble existence are preserved"--and while the city burned, "the oratory remained unscathed." (71) Robert Miola reminds us that Stephen is not only "the first biblical saint to die for Christ," but that his martyrdom has specific London sites associated with it, for example, "St.
The Hunnish heroes in full skirts with whips stalk the countryside outside Budapest--at any rate they do if you visit the Lazlor brothers.