unhygienic

adjective
un·​hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌhī-ˈjē-nik, -ˈje- How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) also -jē-ˈe-nik How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) \

Definition of unhygienic

: not having or showing good hygiene : not hygienic : unsanitary squalid, unhygienic conditions

Examples of unhygienic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are loathed by many who view them as unhygienic hangers-on that need to be stamped out with a lethal battery of fungicides, disinfectants and pharmaceuticals. Richard Schiffman, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Before modern infant formula, many babies died directly because of breast milk substitutes, due to unhygienic feeding vessels or insufficient nutrition. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 22 May 2022 First, they were seen as zones where the government could contain and protect the Muslim population, then as unhygienic and culturally backward slums, and later as terrorist hideouts. Tarushi Aswani, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 June 2022 The 44-year-old is sleeping on the concrete floor of a crowded shelter with no mattresses in increasingly unhygienic conditions while her children stay at a friend’s home. Evens Sanon And Dánica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, 22 May 2022 The United Nations says more than 16,000 people in Haiti have lost their homes since mid-2021 as a result of gang violence, with many of them staying in temporary government shelters in extremely unhygienic conditions. Danica Cotto And Freida Frisara, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Mar. 2022 The United Nations says more than 16,000 people in Haiti have lost their homes since mid-2021 as a result of gang violence, with many of them staying in temporary government shelters in extremely unhygienic conditions. Danica Coto, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Center for COVID Control has been riddled with allegations, including falsely billing the federal government for tests for people who had health insurance, falsifying test results and being unhygienic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2022 An Oklahoma pastor is getting some flak online for what many deemed was an unhygienic sermon on Sunday. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unhygienic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jul 2022

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“Unhygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhygienic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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unhygienic

adjective
un·​hy·​gi·​en·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, -ˈjen-, -ˈjēn- How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) \

Medical Definition of unhygienic

: not healthful or sanitary unhygienic conditions unhygienic habits

Other Words from unhygienic

unhygienically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) \ adverb

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