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

Definition of unhygienic

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Immigration rights activists say many of the facilities holding the detainees are unhygienic and put detainees at risk for infection. Edmund Demarche | Fox News, Fox News, "Federal judge in Miami has no jurisdiction over ICE detention practices, lawyers claim," 28 Apr. 2020 He was arrested for being unhygienic but ended up going to jail for jihadi terrorism. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Islamic Terrorists Confronts Coronavirus," 28 Apr. 2020 The medical community and laypersons alike often blamed victims of the disease for their own suffering, believing that vicious, debauched, and unhygienic lifestyles begat typhus. Timothy Kent Holliday, Smithsonian Magazine, "What an 1836 Typhus Outbreak Taught the Medical World About Epidemics," 21 Apr. 2020 Trains, buses, and other modes of mass transport in India, which are mostly overloaded and often unhygienic, can prove to be catalysts during such outbreaks. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India is scrubbing its dirty public transport amid the coronavirus outbreak," 16 Mar. 2020 Wet markets have long been criticized for being unhygienic and cruel to animals. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Chinese 'wet markets' reportedly open back up, selling bats and dogs for human consumption," 30 Mar. 2020 But activists say these recent measures, which lock refugees into overcrowded and unhygienic camps, are discriminatory. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Coronavirus Is Closing Borders in Europe and Beyond. What Does That Mean for Refugees?," 25 Mar. 2020 Prisons and correctional facilities can be overcrowded and unhygienic, making inmates particularly vulnerable to an outbreak of the virus. NBC News, "Kansas kids out of class for rest of 2019-20 school year," 18 Mar. 2020 At Pakistan’s quarantine facility—which has housed nearly 5,000 pilgrims—people are closely packed together in unhygienic surroundings. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Coronavirus Is Spreading at Religious Gatherings, Ricocheting Across Nations," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unhygienic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jun 2020

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“Unhygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhygienic. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unhygienic

: not clean and therefore likely to make you sick : not hygienic


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

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

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