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ur- 1

Variant of uro-1.

ur- 2

Variant of uro-2.

ur- 3

Original; prototypical: ur-feminist; ur-language.

[From German ur-, original; see Ursprache.]
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combining form
a variant of uro-1, uro-2


combining form
original, primitive: Ursprache.
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(ɜr, ʊər)

an ancient Sumerian city on the Euphrates, in what is now S Iraq.


var. of uro-1: uremia.


(sometimes cap.)
a combining form meaning “earliest, original,” used in words denoting the primal stage of a historical or cultural entity or phenomenon: ur-civilization; urtext.
[< German ur-, Middle High German, Old High German]
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This last point -- that the size of his inaugural crowd was maliciously underestimated by evil forces -- seems to be the Ur-myth of Trumpism.
To be fair, Levi-Strauss's thought evolved considerably over the years: the last volume of the Mythologicals (1964-1971) advances the controversial hypothesis that all myths are in fact variations ("transformations") of one Ur-myth, the Promethean stealth of fire from the heavens.
In the Ur-myth's familiar cycle, Barth reminds us, the hero responds to three summons: first, from "obscure childhood" to the "initiatory trials and ordeals" of the quest; second, "back across the threshold of the daylit world" to "worldly work," departing the hemisphere of Mystery for that of Tragedy; and third, to the "closing of the circle," old age and eventual death.