unrighteous

adjective un·righ·teous \ ˌən-ˈrī-chəs \

Definition of unrighteous

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

unrighteously

adverb

unrighteousness

noun

Examples of unrighteous in a Sentence

  1. an unrighteous act that cannot go unpunished by the congregation

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First Known Use of unrighteous

before 12th century

unrighteous Synonyms

Synonyms
black, dark, evil, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unethical, unlawful, bad, unsavory, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wrong
Antonyms
decent, ethical, good, honest, honorable, just, moral, right, righteous, sublime, upright, virtuous
Related Words
base, contemptible, despicable, dirty, disreputable, evil-minded, ignoble, ill, infernal, low, mean, snide, sordid; atrocious, cruel, infamous, nasty; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, objectionable, obscene, offensive, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, libertine, loose, low-minded, perverted, reprobate, scrofulous, sick, unhealthy; cursed (also curst), cussed, defiling, noxious, pernicious, pestilential, ugly, ungodly, unwholesome; banned, barred, condemned, discouraged, forbidden, illegal, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed, unauthorized, unclean; disallowed; execrable, lousy, miserable, wretched; errant, erring, fallen, unprincipled, unscrupulous; improper, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, naughty, unbecoming, unseemly, vulgar; dishonest, dishonorable
Near Antonyms
elevated, high, high-minded, law-abiding, legitimate, lofty, noble, principled, reputable, scrupulous; allowed, authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, supported; clean, correct, decent, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltless, legitimate; chaste, immaculate, incorruptible, innocent, inoffensive, irreproachable, lily-white, perfect, pure, spotless, squeaky-clean, uncorrupted, unerring, unfallen, unobjectionable, venerable, white, wholesome; esteemed, respected, upstanding, worthy

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