un·​righ·​teous | \ ˌən-ˈrī-chəs How to pronounce unrighteous (audio) \

Definition of unrighteous

1 : not righteous : sinful, wicked
2 : unjust, unmerited intolerable and unrighteous interference in their lives— W. W. Wagar

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Other Words from unrighteous

unrighteously adverb
unrighteousness noun

Examples of unrighteous in a Sentence

an unrighteous act that cannot go unpunished by the congregation
Recent Examples on the Web Brief letter from the soldiers of Islamic State in the land of Andalus for the crusaders, the hateful, the sinful, the unrighteous, the corrupting ones. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Two Terror Suspects Held Without Bail Over Barcelona attacks," 23 Aug. 2017 To paraphrase my sacred texts, the shadow of this eclipse will fall on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. Rev. Dr. David Williams, Washington Post, "Anybody could be president. We could be obliterated by nuclear war. The eclipse would still come.," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unrighteous

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unrighteous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrighteous. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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