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Unsub

noun Refers to a person; blending and clipping Combines the clipping "un" from "unknown" and the clipping "sub" from the word "subject".
An "unsub" is the person who has committed a crime and is being sought after by law enforcement. An "unsub" is an unidentified person, and once they are identified the "unsub" becomes a suspect. The word blends the clipping "un" from the word "unknown" with the clipping "sub" from the word "subject".
 
"Our unsub is most likely a young, male around the age of 30".
Etymology : The adjective "unknown" dates back to the 14th century meaning "strange or unfamiliar" combining the prefix "un" meaning "not" with the past participle of the verb "to know". The word comes from the Old English word "ungecnawen". "Unknown" used to describe the unfamiliarity of a person dates back to the 1590's. "Subject" originated as a noun in Latin as "subiectus" coming from the past participle of the verb "subicere" meaning "to place under" which combines the prefix "sub" meaning "under" and the verb "iacere" meaning "to throw". In the 12th century Old French adopted the word as "subget" meaning "a subject person or thing" and was introduced to English in the early 14th century as "subject" meaning "person under control or dominion of another." The word was later generalized to simply refer to "a person" or in this case a "person of interest".
Source : The TV show Criminial Minds.
Last modified: 23 November 2013


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