• Un cannonier marin sur le front
    Un cannonier marin sur le front
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Un- An inseparable prefix, or particle, signifying not; in-; non-. In- is prefixed mostly to words of Latin origin, or else to words formed by Latin suffixes; un- is of much wider application, and is attached at will to almost any adjective, or participle used adjectively, or adverb, from which it may be desired to form a corresponding negative adjective or adverb, and is also, but less freely, prefixed to nouns. Un- sometimes has merely an intensive force; as in unmerciless, unremorseless.
    • Un- An inseparable verbal prefix or particle. It is prefixed: To verbs to express the contrary, and not the simple negative, of the action of the verb to which it is prefixed; as in unbend, uncoil, undo, unfold. To nouns to form verbs expressing privation of the thing, quality, or state expressed by the noun, or separation from it; as in unchild, unsex. Sometimes particles and participial adjectives formed with this prefix coincide in form with compounds of the negative prefix un-see 2d Un-); as in undone (from undo), meaning unfastened, ruined; and undone (from 2d un- and done) meaning not done, not finished. Un- is sometimes used with an intensive force merely; as in unloose.☞ Compounds of this prefix are given in full in their proper order in the Vocabulary.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Un grand blessé Un grand blessé


  • Grant M. Bright
    Grant M. Bright
    “Most of us die with much of our beautiful music still in us, un-sung, un-played.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Partir, c'est mourir un peu. (To leave is to die a little.)”
  • Erica Jong
    “Solitude is un-American.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Mind unemployed is mind un-enjoyed.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “Ive said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & AS. un-,; akin to OFries. un-, D. on-, OS., OHG., & G. un-, Icel. ō-, ū-, Sw. o-, Dan. u-, W. an-, L. in-, Gr. , , Skr. an-, a-,. √193. Cf. A- not In- not, No, (adv.)


In literature:

The last man I 'ad was a good 'un, 'e was.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
We'll set to work and build you a new boat out o' the old un.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
I heard that little 'un say one day she was afraid of me sometimes.
"A Sailor's Lass" by Emma Leslie
Young uns, git out some o' them cheers an' let the strangers set.
"A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen" by Hamlin Garland
Me and Joe were downright mad because you'uns were fishing thar in our place.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
I wuz one of fourteen chillun, I think I wuz de 10th 'un.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
We ode uns bin twice as early risin' as the young uns, nowadaysen.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
And we-uns air glad tuh get a chanct tuh pull yuh outen the water.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
Arter this you-uns an' me-uns ain't even friends.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
There's your chance, young 'un.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
So dry thy eyes, little un; it'll be all right, thou sees.
"Our Little Lady" by Emily Sarah Holt
They might put that in the 'Pink 'Un,' mightn't they?
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
Not so, however, the "little 'un," as the boys playfully addressed the dwarf.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Hain't no place lak my house Found un'er de sun.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
We must humour un a bit, and git un in our ways.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Pete's a bad 'un, and you can't make a good 'un out of him.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
Wot sort o' game is that un for a scout?
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
Dey gives we uns de wooden spoon and we'uns crowds round de pans like little pigs.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
I have gone through three of 'em, bad un's, besides a score of small un's, and I never knowed good come on 'em.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
W'at de matter 'long wid all un um, Miss Becky?
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris

In poetry:

Lasst uns den Dichter Kriton hoeren:
Wer ist der groesste Mann?
Er wird es uns in Versen schwoeren:
Wer ohne Muehe reimen kann.
"Der Groesste Mann" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Dich, Tabak, lobt der Medikus,
Weil uns dein fleissiger Genuss
An Zahn und Augen wohl kurieret,
Und Schleim und Kolster von uns fuehret.
"Der Tabak" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
"Whene'er I speak, my soul is wrung
With these or some such whisperings:
''Tis pity that a SHAKESPEARE'S tongue
Should say such un-Shakesperian things!'
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ma chi di noi, sovra il proprio cammino,
Non calpesto`, rimpiangendolo, un fiore?...
Nascer poeta e` orribile destino!
Il cerebro talor soffoca il cuore!
"In Morte Di Emilio Praga" by Ferdinando Fontana
Vide un bruco, due ragne e un capinero,
Il bruco, rosicchiando un'erba-menta,
Rotava in essa, senza alcun pensiero,
Il pungolo, che sfibra e che tormenta.
"Mors Tua, Vita Mea" by Ferdinando Fontana
Es gelten die Tage wohl von Lihü,
als ein Denkmal der zwölften Kompagnie;
grab du dir sie tief in das Herze auch ein,
denn sie sollen uns unvergeßlich sein.
"Die Tage von Lihü" by Anonymous European

In news:

In an un-assuming suburban neighborhood, something is buzzing.
Two years ago, (South African Jewish) Judge Richard Goldstone wrote a report for the UN about the war in Gaza.
UN report says Sri Lanka bloodbath was a 'grave failure' for world body.
Adobe, the company behind Photoshop, recently unveiled prototype software that un-blurs blurry photos.
Ad Melkert, the top UN official in Iraq, was unhurt after a roadside bomb following a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Buckwheat , the un-wheat.
Hollywood is on the verge becoming a decidedly un-Californian urban enclave with skyscrapers and bustling pedestrian street life.
Defusing Palestinian Statehood Bid at the UN.
UN Sudan Mission Reports Violence, Displacement in North Darfur.
Congolese government troops and UN peacekeepers engage in fierce fighting with rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
An Open Letter to People I Un-Followed During the Election.
The tweet was offensive, the reaction, un-American.
Obama's UN Debut: A Dizzying Agenda.
The 17th-annual UN climate conference begins this week.
Today, Germany became the latest country to pull-out of a UN "anti-racism" conference scheduled for New York on September 22, 2011.

In science:

The Thorin measure of µn(p) |Un , p is of the same form as (38) with b replaced by Un + b, and hence is a generalized gamma process.
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures
We mention again, that although the exact form of the density for Ln or Un appears to be complicated, these are easily simulated using the fact that Un = Γn/T .
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures
In our applications of Lemma 4.1, the Vn will be typically of the form Vn = Un I{Zn>0} with random Un .
Criticality for branching processes in random environment
Thus, for large n, the PDF (6) limits to the Dirac distribution δ(un−1) in the normalized variable defined by bn = q βn 2 un .
Random discrete Schr\"odinger operators from Random Matrix Theory
Recall that ˆνµ is the regular conditional probability law for ⊳′ given ⊳, where ⊳ and ⊳′ are the orders of (Un )n≥1 and (Vn )n≥1 respectively and the (Un , Vn)n≥1 are iid with common law νµ .
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
Proof. (b) =⇒ (a): trivial. (a) =⇒ (b): We take Un , Vn such that W ⊂ Un ×B ∪ B ×Vn for each n, and P(µ(Un) + ν (Vn )) < ∞.
Brownian local minima and other random dense countable sets
Finally, we remark that the problems can be generalized to other bases by taking instead P(Un+1 = k + 1 | Un = k) = a−k , where a > 1 is an arbitrary real for approximate counting (see ) and a = m is an integer for m-ary digital search trees; see .
Rounding of continuous random variables and oscillatory asymptotics
To this aim, let us define the random sum SN = PN n=1 Un , where Un is distributed according to (7), with a real and positive.
Generalised extreme value statistics and sum of correlated variables
Wn (z ) = ω(z + Xtn ), let un = tn+1 − tn and let Kn : [0, un ] → Zd be Kn (t) = Xtn +t − Xtn .
Limiting velocity of high-dimensional random walk in random environment
K with Un+1 relatively compact in Un , for each n ∈ N, and such that each connected component of Un meets K .
Direct limit groups do not have small subgroups
The restriction map Gm → Gn , γ 7→ γ |Un is an injective, smooth homomorphism for n > m, and its differential L(in,m ) : Holb(Um , L(H )) → Holb(Un , L(H )), γ 7→ γ |Un a compact operator.
Direct limit groups do not have small subgroups
Let ˜Od,α (Un ) := Od,α (Un ) − E [Od,α (Un )] be the centred total weight of the ONG on Un .
Limit theory for the random on-line nearest-neighbour graph
The new exponent is therefore un+1 = αun = un un+κθ .
A probabilistic representation of constants in Kesten's renewal theorem
Then there exist two n × 1 real vectors un = (uℓn ) ≻ 0 and vn = (vℓn ) ≻ 0 such that un = An un + vn .
A CLT for Information-theoretic statistics of Gram random matrices with a given variance profile
Then a set A ⊆ 2ω is µ-nul l if and only if there exists a set U ⊆ N × 2<ω such that for al l n, A ⊆ N (Un ) and Xσ∈Un where Un = {σ : (n, σ) ∈ U }.
Probability Measures and Effective Randomness