unregenerate

adjective un·re·gen·er·ate \ ˌən-ri-ˈje-nə-rət , -ˈjen-rət \

Definition of unregenerate

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

unregenerately

adverb

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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


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