What does unholy mean?

Definitions for unholy
ʌnˈhoʊ liun·ho·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word unholy.

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.


  1. Unholy

    Unholy is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, written by Gene Simmons and Vinnie Vincent. Featured on their 1992 album Revenge, the song is one of the three Vincent co-writes to appear on the album despite the fact that he had been fired from the band 8 years earlier. The release of "Unholy" signaled the return to a heavier sound for Kiss and was their first single to feature a lead vocal by bassist Gene Simmons since "I Love It Loud" in 1982 (a song also co-written by Vincent). The song was played live during the Revenge Tour and was included on the 1993 live album Alive III, but did not return to the live Kiss set list until 2004's Rock the Nation Tour.


  1. unholy

    Unholy refers to something that is wicked, immoral, sinful, or considered unacceptable from a religious or moral standpoint. It expresses a deep disapproval of something and describes it as contrary to the laws, principles, or beliefs prescribed by a divine entity or religion.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Wendy Sherman:

    The Ukrainians are going to deliver a strategic failure for Putin. And that’s going to create a lot of problems for those who are supporting this unholy invasion going forward.

  4. George Burgess:

    Unfortunately, it's an unholy mix.

  5. Wendy Sherman:

    You’re going to end up with an albatross around your neck, the Ukrainians are going to deliver a strategic failure for Putin. And that’s going to create a lot of problems for those who are supporting this unholy invasion going forward.

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