unclean

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adjective un·clean \ˌən-ˈklēn\

Definition of unclean

  1. 1 :  morally or spiritually impure

  2. 2 :  infected with a harmful supernatural contagion; also :  prohibited by ritual law for use or contact

  3. 3 :  dirty, filthy

  4. 4 :  lacking in clarity and precision of conception or execution

uncleanness

play \-ˈklēn-nəs\ noun

Examples of unclean in a sentence

  1. Many of their health problems were caused by unclean living conditions.

  2. <there's something unclean about this whole business>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of unclean

before 12th century


UNCLEAN Defined for English Language Learners

unclean

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adjective un·clean \ˌən-ˈklēn\

Definition of unclean for English Language Learners

  • : not clean : dirty

  • : not innocent and good : morally impure

  • : not allowed to be used by religious law


UNCLEAN Defined for Kids

unclean

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adjective un·clean \ˌən-ˈklēn\

Definition of unclean for Students

  1. 1 :  dirty 1, filthy

  2. 2 :  not pure and innocent

  3. 3 :  not allowed for use by religious law



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