adjective, un·ho·li·er, un·ho·li·est.
Origin of unholy
Examples from the Web for unholy
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
He revealed the unholy ideals of all that band of scoundrels—ideals that he said should find fruition under his captaincy.Romance|Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
When will a judgment descend on this unholy land, for the monstrous sins by which it is now daily polluted.
The sorcerer is outlawed, and betakes himself to the secret performance of unholy rites in dark and unwholesome circumstances.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions|Carveth Read
In return they expressed their unholy delight in the certainty of our destruction by the enemy.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
Thus self-renunciation is common to the holy with the unholy, to the pure and the impure.The Ego and His Own|Max Stirner
British Dictionary definitions for unholy
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin and History for unholy
Old English unhalig, "impious, profane, wicked," from un- (1) "not" + halig (see holy). Cf. Middle Dutch onheilich, Old Norse uheilagr, Danish unhellig, Swedish ohelig. In reference to actions, it is attested from late 14c. Colloquial sense of "awful, dreadful" is recorded from 1842.