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[uhn-rahy-chuh s]
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  1. not righteous; not upright or virtuous; wicked; sinful; evil: an unrighteous king.
  2. not in accordance with right or justice; unfair or unjust: an unrighteous law.
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Origin of unrighteous

before 900; Middle English unrightwyse, Old English unrihtwīs. See un-1, righteous
Related formsun·right·eous·ly, adverbun·right·eous·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional

    Father Chiniquy

  • If you consider it a privilege to pocket the wages of unrighteousness, do so.

    Select Temperance Tracts

    American Tract Society

  • In many essential matters he held the truth,—but he held it in unrighteousness.

    Julian Home

    Dean Frederic W. Farrar

  • “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness,”  &c.

  • "Make for unrighteousness" said the commission of 1900, six years later.

British Dictionary definitions for unrighteousness


    1. sinful; wicked
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the unrighteous
  1. not fair or right; unjust
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Derived Formsunrighteously, adverbunrighteousness, noun
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