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

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!
Recent Examples on the Web That's an ungodly amount of time spent behind the wheel. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Work from home = no commute. What should Houston do with all this free time?," 4 Sep. 2020 The nightmare stories of ungodly expensive treatments usually involve drugs for rare diseases affecting a small number of people. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Only the ‘Crooks’ Can Save Us Now," 20 Mar. 2020 In the past couple of months, the former mayor of New York has spent ungodly sums of money advertising all across the Super Tuesday map. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden Finds His Voice After a Blowout Victory in South Carolina," 1 Mar. 2020 That breakneck pace, coupled with increasing client demands, often results in often-ungodly work hours for agents who were already overworked long before the rise of streaming. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Future Agency 'Bosses' Talk Diversity, Sweat Equity and Self-Care at Billboard Live Music Summit," 6 Nov. 2019 The 6-foot-4 flamethrower threw 19 pitches at the 2018 Futures Game, each of them clocking at least 100 miles per hour, an ungodly feat. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Post-Tommy John surgery, Cincinnati Reds top prospect Hunter Greene eyes a healthy 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 While the German has ungodly pace that can blitz through a backline, his counterpart is more of a playmaker, capable of picking apart a defence with measured through balls. SI.com, "Should Manchester City Make a Move for Spanish Starlet Mikel Oyarzabal?," 21 Oct. 2019 One day a main competitor is bundled with smartphones and mobile service, the next, a new entrant to video subscriptions pays an ungodly sum of money for an exclusive license to a TV show. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Streaming Stocks Like Spotify, Tencent and Netflix Are Getting Slammed. Why?," 2 Oct. 2019 The only unknown is at which ungodly hour bleary-eyed officials will emerge with a solution. Washington Post, "Europe Is Preparing for the End of Theresa May," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ungodly

14th century, 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 20 Jan. 2021.

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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

2 : not normal or bearable I got up at an ungodly hour.

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