• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unholy extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel","fires lit up a diabolic scene","diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils","a fiendish despot","hellish torture","infernal instruments of war","satanic cruelty","unholy grimaces"
    • adj unholy having committed unrighteous acts "a sinful person"
    • adj unholy not hallowed or consecrated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a unholy Not holy; unhallowed; not consecrated; hence, profane; wicked; impious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unholy Not holy. Not sacred; not hallowed or consecrated.
    • unholy Impious; wicked.
    • unholy Synonyms Unhallowed, unsanctified.
    • unholy Profane, ungodly.
    • n unholy pl. unholies (-liz). That which is unholy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unholy un-hō′li not sacred or hallowed, wicked, sinful
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In literature:

Ned, who could see what had happened, clapped his gloved hands in unholy glee.
"Dorothy Dale's Queer Holidays" by Margaret Penrose
And that image seemed unholy.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
Yet she inspired him with an unholy ambition.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
But I am not proud, I uphold my dignity, I respect myself and my family, but with sinful, unholy pride I have no part.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
The world is denounced as unholy.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Begone, you hardened and unholy vagabond, and leave my sight.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
And the worst of it was that he no longer considered them unholy.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
Some of the niggers got gloriously merry on it, and sang songs and danced weird, unholy dances under its influence.
"Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900)" by A. G. Hales
A peculiar glow was cast over their wild, Erin features, now gleaming with unholy passion.
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
For years the women of Christian lands have waged their unholy war against us.
"Dickey Downy" by Virginia Sharpe Patterson

In poetry:

There eternal melancholy
Maketh all delight unholy;
As a stricken widow glides
Past a group of laughing brides.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The first time that the wheat sprung up
'Twas black as if with blood,
The meanest beggar turn'd away
From the unholy food.
"The Record" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
If in his cheek unholy blood
Burned for one youthful hour,
'T was but the flushing of the bud
That blooms a milk-white flower.
"After A Lecture On Moore" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Who dare an holy God address,
With an unholy righteousness?
Who can endure his awful probe,
Without perfection for their robe?
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Unholy phantoms from the deep arise,
And gather through the gloom before mine eyes;
But all shall vanish at the dawning ray —
When the Day breaks the shadows flee away.
"The Perfect Day" by Samuel John Stone
And for delight, but how I never wot,
I in a slumber and a swoon was caught,
Not all asleep and yet not waking wholly;
And as I lay, the Cuckoo, bird unholy,
Broke silence, or I heard him in my thought.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

'Mea Maxima Culpa ' review: Unholy orders.
This "unholy union" of writers, the duo behind the new blog Irby + Ian, Samantha Irby and Ian Belknap definitely do not fall on the same side of the "is James Franco legitimate".
The Nation;Unholy Fires on Hallowed Ground.
Teatr Zar's unholy mystery play .
Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "Unholy Collaboration" Abused Justice.
The holy will challenge the unholy.
You may want to rethink that after seeing the unholy effects of time and plastic surgery on the human body.
Bad like the kind of day Tiger's been having ever since we all found out that he's been sinkin' some unholy holes-in-one.
'American Horror Story Asylum ' recap, 'Unholy Night'.
With the holidays comes an unholy amount of stress for some of us.
A returning Terrell Suggs said it best in reacting to the unholy beating the Ravens took in a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Gambling's unholy grip in Maryland.
The Open Mind An Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine PBS.
Dark-Wave Duo Bring Unholy Mood Pieces to the Dance Floor.
Obama's Unholy War Against Christianity, Not Islam.

In science:

DeSalle, R., Egan, M., Siddal, M.: The unholy trinity: taxonomy, species delimitation and dna barcoding.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data