unholy

adjective un·ho·ly \ ˌən-ˈhō-lē \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

unholiness

noun

Examples of unholy in a Sentence

  1. Our finances were an unholy mess.

  2. They have spent an unholy amount of money on the project.

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First Known Use of unholy

before 12th century


UNHOLY Defined for English Language Learners

unholy

adjective

Definition of unholy for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : shockingly or surprisingly bad, large, etc.


UNHOLY Defined for Kids

unholy

adjective un·ho·ly \ ˌən-ˈhō-lē \

Definition of unholy for Students

unholier; unholiest
1 : not holy : wicked
2 : ungodly 2
  • Stop that unholy racket!


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