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.
- un·ho·li·ness, noun
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How to use unholy in a sentence
In the world of audiophiles — where provenance is everything and the quest is to get as close to the sound of an album’s original recording as possible — digital is considered almost unholy.How a Phoenix record store owner set the audiophile world on fire | Geoff Edgers | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
A week before Christmas, Britain found itself in an unholy mess.The UK’s new coronavirus strain is already having a global impact | Hasit Shah | December 21, 2020 | Quartz
ISIS had summoned him from the Talesh area in the Guilan province north of Tehran, to perform the unholy duty.
This unholy marriage of faux country and pseudo hip-hop is literally the worst of both worlds.You Can't Unsee Billy Ray Cyrus’s Pseudo Hip Hop ‘Achy Breaky 2’ | Amy Zimmerman | February 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For lack of a better term, it was an animal-hostage video, an unholy new mash-up of internet genres.The Taliban Trolled the Internet with a Dog Video and Upstaged an American POW | Brian Van Reet | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To be sure, there is more than enough reality to make the pursuit of peace hit any number of walls, both holy and unholy ones.
Where we had once stood spellbound by the sight of the burning towers, we now listened to the unholy roar of the wind.New York City’s Sandy Disaster: A Meteorological 9/11? | Michael Daly | October 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This story was a favourite with Abershawe: it afforded him a reliable criterion of his unholy prowess.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
He could see them plainly, and presently he saw the face of Romanoff gloat with a look of unholy joy.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
I shall make an unholy mess of things if I'm left alone, and if you like I'll keep you on here.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
I see men and women of mean estate; selfishness, lust, unholy hate, are strong within you.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
For my true self is as far beyond your unholy touch as though I sat above the stars!God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for unholy
not holy or sacred
immoral or depraved
informal outrageous or unnatural: an unholy alliance
- unholiness, noun
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