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

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 The millions who tune in to Carlson every night to get their outrage on should remember what their favorite host traffics in: bloviation, demagoguery and unrighteous indignation. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 Many people, after all, think that the righteous should prosper and the unrighteous not. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 27 July 2021 As with all fan bases, there are exceptions, a troubled few who have lost their minds over their fanaticism for a team that on the whole has deserved their righteous support, but not their unrighteous idiocy. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 An early episode in this cycle played out in the seemingly unrighteous realm of Hollywood backstage drama. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 16 June 2020 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, 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, 18 Aug. 2017 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrighteous. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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