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unclean

[uhn-kleen] /ʌnˈklin/
adjective, uncleaner, uncleanest.
1.
not clean; dirty.
2.
morally impure; evil; vile:
unclean thoughts.
3.
Chiefly Biblical. having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to the laws, especially the dietary or ceremonial laws:
an unclean animal; unclean persons.
Origin of unclean
900
before 900; Middle English unclene, Old English unclǣne. See un-1, clean
Related forms
uncleanness, noun
Synonyms
1. soiled, filthy. 2. base, unchaste, sinful, corrupt, polluted.
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  • What was he but a whited sepulchre, full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • The people were poor and ill-clad, and they smelt of garlic and uncleanness.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • But a spasm of disgust at the uncleanness of the task to be done made me retch and pause.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • uncleanness and the evil eye are dogmatic notions, products of demonism.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • Because God dwelt among them, the camp was holy: all uncleanness was to be removed from it.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • On account of the ceremonial "uncleanness" caused by the dead body.

  • But, Derry, 'there is a fountain opened for sin and all uncleanness.'

    The Boy Patriot

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • They never pretended, sister; they never meddle, but in case of uncleanness.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • And for his practice, he was now drunken in all manner of uncleanness and filthiness.

  • The Goddess shall purge me from my uncleanness as metal is purged from the dross.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for uncleanness

unclean

/ʌnˈkliːn/
adjective
1.
lacking moral, spiritual, ritual, or physical cleanliness
Derived Forms
uncleanness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncleanness

unclean

adj.

Old English unclæne, "morally impure, defiled, unfit for food," from un- (1) "not" + clean (adj.). Literal sense of "dirty" is recorded from mid-13c.

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