- not clean; dirty.
- morally impure; evil; vile: unclean thoughts.
- 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
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1. soiled, filthy. 2. base, unchaste, sinful, corrupt, polluted.
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Examples from the Web for uncleanness
What was he but a whited sepulchre, full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness?Salted With Fire
The people were poor and ill-clad, and they smelt of garlic and uncleanness.The Eternal City
But a spasm of disgust at the uncleanness of the task to be done made me retch and pause.John Splendid
Uncleanness and the evil eye are dogmatic notions, products of demonism.Folkways</p>
William Graham Sumner
Because God dwelt among them, the camp was holy: all uncleanness was to be removed from it.Holy in Christ
- lacking moral, spiritual, ritual, or physical cleanliness
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Word Origin and History for uncleanness
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