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The Government, I gather, have decided on a huge scheme for urban and rural housing.

In the year 1378, a contest arose between two popes, Urban VI.

Their heritage made them less than appreciative of urban life.

There can be little doubt that Urban was moved by a true and generous feeling.

It is more probable, however, that Urban could not yet command Italian aid and unity.

When Urban returned to Avignon for a time in 1370 Chauliac was dead.

The manners of Urban were even more offensive than his acts.

Scotland only was with Clement, because England was with Urban.

Urban precipitated and made inevitable this disastrous event.

In turn she told of her ambition to do something modern and urban.

WORD ORIGIN

"characteristic of city life," 1610s (but rare before 1830s), from Latin urbanus "of or pertaining to a city or city life," as a noun, "city dweller," from urbs (genitive urbis) "city," of unknown origin. The word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane became restricted to manners and styles of expression. In late 20c. American English gradually acquiring a suggestion of "African-American." Urban renewal, euphemistic for "slum clearance," is attested from 1955, American English. Urban sprawl recorded by 1958. Urban legend attested by 1980.

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