[ uhn-hoh-lee ]
/ ʌnˈhoʊ li /

adjective, un·ho·li·er, un·ho·li·est.

not holy; not sacred or hallowed.
impious; sinful; wicked.
Informal. dreadful; ungodly: They got us out of bed at the unholy hour of three in the morning.

Origin of unholy

before 1000; Middle English; Old English unhālig (cognate with Dutch onheilig, Old Norse ūheilagr). See un-1, holy


un·ho·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unholy

/ (ʌnˈhəʊlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

not holy or sacred
immoral or depraved
informal outrageous or unnaturalan unholy alliance

Derived forms of unholy

unholiness, noun
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