[ uhn-ri-jen-er-it ]
/ ˌʌn rɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt /

adjective Also un·re·gen·er·at·ed [uhn-ri-jen-uh-rey-tid] /ˌʌn rɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪ tɪd/.

not regenerate; not renewed in heart and mind or reborn in spirit; unrepentant: an unregenerate sinner.
refusing to believe in the existence of God: an unregenerate atheist; an unregenerate skeptic.
unconvinced by or unconverted to a particular religion, sect, or movement; unreconstructed.
persisting in the holding of prior convictions; opposing new ideas, causes, etc.; stubborn; obstinate: an unregenerate reactionary.
not reformed; wicked; sinful; profligate; dissolute: an unregenerate way of life.


an unregenerate person.

Nearby words

  1. unrefined,
  2. unreflected,
  3. unreflecting,
  4. unreflective,
  5. unreformed,
  6. unregistered,
  7. unregulated,
  8. unrehearsed,
  9. unrelated,
  10. unrelenting

Origin of unregenerate

First recorded in 1605–15; un-1 + regenerate

Related formsun·re·gen·er·a·cy [uhn-ri-jen-er-uh-see] /ˌʌn rɪˈdʒɛn ər ə si/, nounun·re·gen·er·ate·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for unregenerate


/ (ˌʌnrɪˈdʒɛnərɪt) /

adjective Also: unregenerated

unrepentant; unreformed
obstinately adhering to one's own views


an unregenerate person
Derived Formsunregeneracy, noununregenerately, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unregenerate



1610s, from un- (1) "not" + regenerate (adj.).

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