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unclean

[uhn-kleen]
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adjective, un·clean·er, un·clean·est.
  1. not clean; dirty.
  2. morally impure; evil; vile: unclean thoughts.
  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.
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Origin of unclean

before 900; Middle English unclene, Old English unclǣne. See un-1, clean
Related formsun·clean·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. soiled, filthy. 2. base, unchaste, sinful, corrupt, polluted.
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Examples from the Web for uncleanness

Historical Examples

  • What was he but a whited sepulchre, full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness?

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • The people were poor and ill-clad, and they smelt of garlic and uncleanness.

  • But a spasm of disgust at the uncleanness of the task to be done made me retch and pause.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • 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

    Andrew Murray


British Dictionary definitions for uncleanness

unclean

adjective
  1. lacking moral, spiritual, ritual, or physical cleanliness
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Derived Formsuncleanness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncleanness

unclean

adj.

Old English unclæne, "morally impure, defiled, unfit for food," from un- (1) "not" + clean (adj.). Literal sense of "dirty" is recorded from mid-13c.

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