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unclean

[ uhn-kleen ]

adjective

, un·clean·er, un·clean·est.
  1. not clean; dirty.

    Synonyms: filthy

  2. morally impure; evil; vile:

    unclean thoughts.

    Synonyms: polluted, corrupt, sinful, unchaste, base

  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.



unclean

/ ʌnˈkliːn /

adjective

  1. lacking moral, spiritual, ritual, or physical cleanliness


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Derived Forms

  • unˈcleanness, noun
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Other Words From

  • un·cleanness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of unclean1

before 900; Middle English unclene, Old English unclǣne. See un- 1, clean
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Example Sentences

They depict a wariness of anything — or anyone — who will make the community unclean, tarnish its image.

First, religious texts condemn them as unclean, plus the love Westerners shower on pets made them inherently suspect.

The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the top of a rock.

But we must not class in this unclean category Lord Spunyarn and his friend Haggard, who were both playing at the big table.

Fat-droplets are most frequently derived from unclean bottles or oiled catheters.

Fordun says there was famine in Scotland this year, many being reduced 'to feed on the flesh of horses and other unclean cattle.'

Walsingham says the distress was worst in the north, where, he heard, 'the people ate dogs and horses and other unclean animals.'

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