un·​god·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈgäd-lē also -ˈgȯd- How to pronounce ungodly (audio) \

Definition of ungodly

1a : denying or disobeying God : impious, irreligious
b : contrary to moral law : sinful, wicked
2 : outrageous gets up at an ungodly hour

Examples of ungodly in a Sentence

What an ungodly racket they're making!

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Just as some dreams might recur but most are ungodly innovations, Yorke’s third solo album refracts memories of his past work through a wild and unfamiliar thicket. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 Crystal Palace marvelled at his ungodly speed and brought him in to form a deadly wing duo of Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha. SI.com, "8 Premier League Players Who Worked Their Way Up the Footballing Pyramid," 29 June 2019 Someone is screaming at you from behind a cage, calling you and your friends bastards, saying ungodly things about your mother. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Guadalajara: Where to Eat, Drink Tequila, and Watch Wrestling for a Perfect Night on the Town," 21 May 2018 Both Neymar, the Brazilian star, and Mbappé joined French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) last summer for ungodly sums of money. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Democrats, by contrast, insisted that the tax cuts would do little beyond enabling corporations to artificially jack up their share prices by plowing ungodly sums of money into stock buybacks. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Corporations Invested Their Tax Cuts Into Stock Buybacks That Didn’t Even Work," 9 July 2018 Life finds a way, and so do franchises that make ungodly amounts of money. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Fallen Kingdom’ is fun in spite of itself," 21 June 2018 But foam isn’t great in all cases (like for people with tinnitus), and a $50 noise machine might not be worth much if there’s ungodly snoring happening right beside you. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Bose’s new $250 Sleepbuds play soothing sounds instead of music," 20 June 2018 Then Durant hits a three-point dagger from an ungodly number of feet out. Michael Powell, New York Times, "You Knew the Warriors Were Coming Back. The Rockets Did, Too.," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of ungodly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of ungodly

: not believing in or respecting God
: immoral or evil
: very bad or shocking : outrageous or unacceptable


un·​god·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈgäd-lē How to pronounce ungodly (audio) \
ungodlier; ungodliest

Kids Definition of ungodly

1 : sinful, wicked
2 : not normal or bearable I got up at an ungodly hour.

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