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

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unregenerately adverb

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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."

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Recent Examples on the Web This shift won’t only make unregenerate oil producers richer. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 One stalks about the room like a criminal imprisoned, unregenerate, incorrigible. Patricia Highsmith, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 An actress, artist and, in an earlier life, unregenerate gadabout, Ms. Subkoff seemed intent on presenting the world with a shiny, self-assured and elegantly gift-wrapped version of herself. New York Times, 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unregenerate

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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