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Origin of unhallowed

before 1000; Middle English unhalewed, Old English unhālghod, ungehālghod; see un-1, hallowed


verb (used with object)
  1. to desecrate; profane.

Origin of unhallow

First recorded in 1525–35; un-2 + hallow1
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Examples from the Web for unhallowed

Historical Examples of unhallowed

  • Invoke not the unhallowed spirits of the abyss; invoke the spotless synod of the Gods.


    William Godwin

  • The unhallowed passions of this great criminal had their origin also in the confessional.

  • Edward hung at the door, wavering; the suggestion had unhallowed charms.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Nevertheless, I am sick again for the unhallowed swine-husks.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Leave me in the living grave my own unhallowed hands have dug.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for unhallowed


  1. not consecrated or holyunhallowed ground
  2. sinful or profane


  1. (tr) archaic to desecrate
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Word Origin and History for unhallowed

Old English unhalgod, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of hallow.

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