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Examples from the Web for un
The report builds on a recent UN report documenting the high economic costs worldwide of domestic violence.
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’|William Boot|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jamming Netanyahu at the UN will buck him up among the right.
Ideally, Kerry would like to see the UN issue deferred until after the March Israeli elections.
The Senate confirmed him once before, in 2011, for a posting to the UN.
En torno del hall se hallan la sala, un escritorio y el comedor.Heath's Modern Language Series: The Spanish American Reader|Ernesto Nelson
He unnerstan's shep—I will say that fur 'en—he's a rare 'un at doctorin' of 'em, too.Mr. Punch's Country Life|Various
Here you may see "Un Moine," one of the first pictures he was able to sell—for five hundred francs (twenty pounds).A Wanderer in Paris|E. V. Lucas
He might walk round in his square coat, and frighten the old 'un a little.'I've Been Thinking;|Azel Stevens Roe
Even the child admitted that the place was un peu dangereux, and led us rapidly up the muddy path to the road.Brittany|Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
Word Origin for un-
prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
Word Origin for un-
prefix of reversal (e.g. unhand, undo, unbutton), Old English on-, un-, from Proto-Germanic *andi- (cf. Old Saxon ant-, Old Norse and-, Dutch ont-, Old High German ant-, German ant-, Gothic and- "against"), from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).
prefix of negation, Old English un-, from Proto-Germanic *un- (cf. Old Frisian, Old High German, German un-, Gothic un-, Dutch on-), from PIE *n- (cf. Sanskrit a-, an- "not," Greek a-, an-, Old Irish an-, Latin in-), a variant of PIE root *ne- "not" (cf. Avestan na, Old Church Slavonic and Lithuanian ne "not," Latin ne "that not," Greek ne- "not," Old Irish ni, Cornish ny "not").
Freely and widely used since Old English in compounds with native and imported words, it disputes with Latin-derived cognate in- the right to form the negation of certain words (indigestable/undigestable, etc.). Often euphemistic (e.g. untruth for "lie"). The most prolific of English prefixes, it even is used to make words from phrases (e.g. uncalled-for, c.1600; undreamed-of, 1630s; uncome-at-able, 1690s; unputdownable, 1947, of a book; un-in-one-breath-utterable, Ben Jonson; etc., but not restricted to un-; cf. put-up-able-with, 1812). As a prefix in telegram-ese to replace not and save the cost of a word, it is first attested 1936.