unholy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English unholi, unhaliȝ, from Old English unhāliġ, from Proto-Germanic *unhailagaz, equivalent to un- +‎ holy. Cognate with Scots unhaly, Dutch onheilig, German Low German unhillig, German unheilig, Danish uhellig, Swedish ohelig.

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unholy (comparative unholier or more unholy, superlative unholiest or most unholy)

  1. Not holy; (by extension) evil, impure, or otherwise perverted.
    The priest's unholy behaviour brought the church into disrepute.
  2. Dreadful, terrible, or otherwise atrocious.
    What an unholy mess your room is in!

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