un·​ho·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈhō-lē How to pronounce unholy (audio) \

Definition of unholy

1 : showing disregard for what is holy : wicked
2 : deserving of censure an unholy alliance
3 : very unpleasant : god-awful an unholy mess

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unholiness noun

Examples of unholy in a Sentence

Our finances were an unholy mess. They have spent an unholy amount of money on the project.
Recent Examples on the Web The first cracks in this unholy alliance appeared as early as 1938. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Western Origins of the “Southern Strategy”," 29 June 2020 Faith, resembling some unholy mashup of Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McElhaney, is an unscrupulous operator. cleveland, "Jon Stewart’s off-key political comedy, starring Steve Carell, is far from ‘Irresistible’," 25 June 2020 As the hours ticked down to prime time, the White House prepared its unholy production. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "“An Abuse of Sacred Symbols”: Trump, a Bible, and a Sanctuary," 2 June 2020 The unholy trinity for chaos requires the cloak of anonymity, people intoxicated by a newfound power within a large group, and individuals with past trauma activated by a current injustice. Kweku Ramel Akyirefi Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: In Milwaukee's racial climate, there is a problem behind the problem that creates anarchy, chaos and division," 5 June 2020 At the start of this week's episode, both Wes and Bananas are talking about their unholy alliance and how well it's been going, but at the end of the day, this is an individual game. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Challenge legends finally go head-to-head," 4 June 2020 Six years ago during the peak of July, Eric Garner shouted the same haunting arrangement of words that George Floyd chose, which again rattle the mind, our now unholy inauguration to summer. Jason Parham, Wired, "Depth of Field: George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress," 29 May 2020 Ocado’s system requires an AI of unholy complexity. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever," 15 Oct. 2018 The questioning, of course, came after a set-up that included the unholy litany of accusations against the current president of the United States. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "The Coronavirus Reset," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of unholy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unholy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unholy. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unholy

: not showing respect for a god or a religion : not holy
used to describe people or groups that are working together for a bad purpose
informal : shockingly or surprisingly bad, large, etc.


un·​ho·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈhō-lē How to pronounce unholy (audio) \
unholier; unholiest

Kids Definition of unholy

1 : not holy : wicked
2 : ungodly sense 2 Stop that unholy racket!

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