- 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
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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