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[uhn-kris-chuh n]
  1. not conforming to Christian teaching or principles: unchristian selfishness.
  2. not Christian.
  3. Informal. unsuitable for Christians; uncivilized; objectionable: She declared she would not pay such an unchristian amount of money for a hotel room.
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Origin of unchristian

First recorded in 1545–55; un-1 + Christian
Related formsun·chris·tian·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • These last are but outside reasons for calling it unchristian.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • This wilful world hath not got hold of unchristian Solomon's wisdom yet.

  • It was wicked to fight duels and unchristian to seek revenge.

  • But he had christened himself by the strange, unchristian like name of "Beck."

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Indeed, it is not only unchristian, but effeminate and childish, to hold such a view.

British Dictionary definitions for unchristian


  1. not in accordance with the principles or ethics of Christianity
  2. non-Christian or pagan
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Derived Formsunchristianly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unchristian


1550s, "not professing Christianity" (of persons), from un- (1) "not" + Christian. Meaning "at variance with Christian principles" (of actions) is recorded from 1580s.

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