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unheard-of

[uhn-hurd-uhv, -ov, -uh v] /ʌnˈhɜrdˌʌv, -ˌɒv, -əv/
adjective
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.
Origin of unheard-of
1585-1595
1585-95
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  • While we were crossing, the German artillery pounded the enemy's position with unheard-of violence.

  • He spoke as if three thousand dollars was an unheard-of sum, a fortune.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Think, Monsieur Sariette, think of the possible consequences of this unheard-of theft, committed under your eyes.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • The priests are credited with unheard-of influence among the poor.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Cheers were raised again and again at the unheard-of wisdom of the King of Troy.

    Bill the Minder W. Heath Robinson
  • But it comes always as a new thing, an unheard-of thing, a miracle.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for unheard-of

unheard-of

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