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unholy (adj.)

Old English unhalig, "impious, profane, wicked," from un- (1) "not" + halig (see holy). Similar formation in 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.

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Definitions of unholy from WordNet

unholy (adj.)
not hallowed or consecrated;
Synonyms: unhallowed
unholy (adj.)
extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell;
unholy grimaces
unholy (adj.)
having committed unrighteous acts;
Synonyms: sinful / wicked
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