- 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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Examples from the Web for unclean
First, religious texts condemn them as unclean, plus the love Westerners shower on pets made them inherently suspect.The Lighter Side of Islam
May 6, 2009
The false cannot inherit the true nor the unclean the lovely.Weighed and Wanting
You shake your heads; then why do you stare at me as though I were a thing accursed and unclean?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
It was very ugly, but very big, and the streets in front of it were narrow and unclean.
But a pig is only the unclean animal—the forbidden of the prophet.
Woe betide—but, was there ever such a gathering of unclean, unholy humanity?The Law-Breakers
- lacking moral, spiritual, ritual, or physical cleanliness
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Word Origin and History for unclean
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