What does unholy mean?

Definitions for unholy
ʌnˈhoʊ liun·ho·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unholy, unhallowedadjective

    not hallowed or consecrated

  2. demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholyadjective

    extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

    "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces"

  3. sinful, unholy, wickedadjective

    having committed unrighteous acts

    "a sinful person"


  1. unholyadjective

    Something that is evil, impure, or otherwise perverted.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unholyadjective

    Doth it follow that all things now in the church are unholy, which the Lord hath not himself precisely instituted? Richard Hooker.

    We think not ourselves the holier, because we use it; so neither should they with whom no such thing is in use, think us therefore unholy, because we submit ourselves unto that, which, in a matter so indifferent, the wisdom of authority and law have thought comely. Richard Hooker.

    From the paradise of God,
    Without remorse, drive out the sinful pair,
    From hallow’d ground th’ unholy. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Far other dreams my erring soul employ;
    Far other raptures of unholy joy. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unholyadjective

    not holy; unhallowed; not consecrated; hence, profane; wicked; impious


  1. Unholy

    Unholy is a 2005 album by British musician Martin Grech.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unholy

    un-hō′li, adj. not sacred or hallowed, wicked, sinful.—adv. Unhō′lily.—n. Unhō′liness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unholy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unholy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of unholy in a Sentence

  1. Rabbi Harold Kushner:

    Everything that God created is potentially holy, and our task as humans is to find that holiness in seemingly unholy situations. When we can do this, we will have learned to nurture our souls.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    I think this is what's wrong with Washington -- what I call the unholy alliance between the Right and the Left, neither of which seem to be too concerned with the deficit.

  4. George Burgess:

    Unfortunately, it's an unholy mix.

  5. Michael McCaul:

    If you go back to the Beijing Olympics, then you saw the creation of this unholy alliance between Chairman Xi and Mr. Putin, they defended each other’s actions — that being Russia defending President Xi if he invaded Taiwan, President Xi saying that NATO is being too aggressive and that they were going to work hand-in-hand together.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. proprietary
    • B. tacky
    • C. occlusive
    • D. defiant

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