- not holy; not sacred or hallowed.
- impious; sinful; wicked.
- Informal. dreadful; ungodly: They got us out of bed at the unholy hour of three in the morning.
Origin of unholy
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Examples from the Web for unholy
ISIS had summoned him from the Talesh area in the Guilan province north of Tehran, to perform the unholy duty.Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS
Jassem Al Salami
October 9, 2014
This unholy marriage of faux country and pseudo hip-hop is literally the worst of both worlds.You Can't Unsee Billy Ray Cyrus’s Pseudo Hip Hop ‘Achy Breaky 2’
February 12, 2014
For lack of a better term, it was an animal-hostage video, an unholy new mash-up of internet genres.The Taliban Trolled the Internet with a Dog Video and Upstaged an American POW
Brian Van Reet
February 11, 2014
To be sure, there is more than enough reality to make the pursuit of peace hit any number of walls, both holy and unholy ones.Daniel Gordis Has It Backwards
December 11, 2012
Where we had once stood spellbound by the sight of the burning towers, we now listened to the unholy roar of the wind.New York City’s Sandy Disaster: A Meteorological 9/11?
October 30, 2012
Woe betide—but, was there ever such a gathering of unclean, unholy humanity?The Law-Breakers
“I can think about both,” was my unholy, time-serving reply.The First Violin
They, too, might be banished, if the feeling that they were unholy and abominable could sink into the minds of men.
The declaration that such things are hateful to the Gods, and most abominable and unholy.
The legislator who puts them in another order is doing an unholy and unpatriotic thing.
- not holy or sacred
- immoral or depraved
- informal outrageous or unnaturalan unholy alliance
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Word Origin and History for unholy
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