mishallowed

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mis- +‎ hallowed.

Adjective[edit]

mishallowed (comparative more mishallowed, superlative most mishallowed)

  1. Consecrated to evil uses, or by unhallowed means.
    • 1863, Joseph Hall, The works of the Joseph Hall:
      The high places not only stood, but were frequented both by the people and king. I do not find David climbing up those mishallowed hills in an affection of the variety of altars: Solomon doth so, and yet loves the Lord, and is loved of God again.
    • 1905, Algernon Charles Swinburne, The poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne:
      Which bade to battle the best knight that stood On Arthur's, and so dying of his wild mood Had set upon his conqueror's flesh the seal Of his mishallowed and anointed steel, Whereof the venom and enchanted might Made the sign burn here branded in her sight.
    • 1951, ODELL SHEPARD & WILLARD SHEPARD, JENKINS' EAR:
      We must leave here the body of Henry Cozens, pitifully slain. My own boyhood has died in agony on this gaunt mishallowed rock grown weary in gazing so long upon the Pacific's meaningless settle and heave.