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unsung

[uhn-suhng]
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adjective
  1. not sung; not uttered or rendered by singing.
  2. not celebrated in song or verse; not praised or acclaimed: the unsung heroes of the war.
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Origin of unsung

1375–1425 for def 1; 1660–70 for def 2; late Middle English; see un-1, sung
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  • Unsung, unwept, they have carried on, their motto Service and their goal Success.

    Terry

    Charles Goff Thomson

  • “Unwept, unhonoured, and unsung,” they went to a nameless grave.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie

  • Otherwise leave them “unhonoured and unsung,” and unpronounced.

  • The man who wrote such a poem should not be unknelled, unhonored and unsung.

    The Dead Men's Song

    Champion Ingraham Hitchcock

  • The man who wrote such a poem should not be unknelled, unhonored, and unsung.

    The Dead Men's Song

    Champion Ingraham Hitchcock


British Dictionary definitions for unsung

unsung

adjective
  1. not acclaimed or honouredunsung deeds
  2. not yet sung
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Word Origin and History for unsung

adj.

early 15c., "not uttered in a song," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of sing. Cf. German ungesungen. Meaning "not celebrated" is recorded from 1660s.

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