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

Definition of ungodly

1a : denying or disobeying God : impious, irreligious … the listener fancied that he could distinguish the accents of towns-people of his own, men and women, both pious and ungodly— Nathaniel Hawthorne
b : contrary to moral law : sinful, wicked … he was himself so wicked a creature, and his own conscience so reproached him with his horrid, ungodly life …— Daniel Defoe Look at what's happened to our ozone layer … ! We have destroyed this planet with our ungodly ways!— John Way
2a : outrageous gets up at an ungodly hour … this sandwich has an impressive nuanced batter that for some ungodly reason is lost on the rest of the fast food community.The Catalyst: Colorado College
b : far exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected an ungodly feat ungodly speeds In the blackened interior of the smokehouse hang enormous hams, some an ungodly fifty-five pounds. "People want a large ham," Guier comments modestly.— Matt Kramer
c : severely objectionable to the senses an ungodly smell The bark of a fox, ungodly screech of a coon, … and the howls and yips of coyote all travel far on the still, damp night air.— M. L. Wells

Other Words from ungodly

ungodly adverb
The most dramatic, commonly noted phenomenon of deserts is that they are ungodly hot and dry. — Bil Gilbert In each case, an ungodly rich person made a crazy-rich person even richer. — Rick Reilly

Examples of ungodly in a Sentence

What an ungodly racket they're making!
Recent Examples on the Web In that whirlwind, some 400 people were implicated in the ungodly practice of witchery. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Newsom’s strategy is an unimaginative blunderbuss approach — raising ungodly amounts of cash from billionaires and special interests, and bludgeoning recall proponents as dangerous insurrectionist tools of former President Donald Trump. Rich Lowry, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 The Devil Wears Prada, a tale of a struggling journalist, Andy (Anne Hathaway), cutting her teeth (and shredding deep personal ties in the process) while working through ungodly pressure at Runway fashion magazine. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 14 June 2021 The notion of a single ungodly disaster that finally spurs us to action and compels the government to respond is a fantasy. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 The mass production of pork results in an ungodly amount of feces and methane emissions; the companies want to channel the methane into another income stream. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2021 Baseball players spend ungodly amounts of time with each other, from early afternoon until late at night, on buses and planes, in hotels and restaurants (at least when there's not a pandemic), for eight months of the year. Barry Svrluga Washington Post, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 That ungodly phrase is a clue to the deep connection between the criminal and child welfare systems. Chris Gottlieb, Time, 17 Mar. 2021 The turkeys would still be lurking, despite the ungodly heat. Josh Dahlke, Outdoor Life, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ungodly

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Ungodly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungodly. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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