un·​re·​gen·​er·​ate | \ ˌən-ri-ˈje-nə-rət How to pronounce unregenerate (audio) , -ˈjen-rət\

Definition of unregenerate

1 : not regenerate the unregenerate condition of humanity unregenerate pagans
2a : not reformed : unreconstructed unregenerate liberals unregenerate Confederates
b : obstinate, stubborn struggling against unregenerate impulses his unregenerate competitiveness

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from unregenerate

unregenerately adverb

Did You Know?

There was a time when the adjective "regenerate" had more to do with being spiritually reborn than with being physically re-created; in the 16th century, "regenerate" was used of someone spiritually reborn. By the late 1500s, English speakers had added "un-" to "regenerate" to describe someone who refused to accept spiritual reformation. Since then, "unregenerate" has taken on a life of its own, gaining the extended specific meanings of "unconverted to a particular doctrinaire viewpoint," "persisting in a reactionary stand," or just plain "stubborn." Both "regenerate" and "unregenerate" trace back to the Latin genus, meaning "birth" or "descent."

First Known Use of unregenerate

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unregenerate

Listen to Our Podcast about unregenerate

Statistics for unregenerate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for unregenerate

The first known use of unregenerate was in 1561

See more words from the same year

Comments on unregenerate

What made you want to look up unregenerate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!