unprincipled

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unprincipled having little or no integrity
    • adj unprincipled lacking principles or moral scruples "freedom from coarse unprincipled calumny"- A.E.Stevenson"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unprincipled Being without principles; especially, being without right moral principles; also, characterized by absence of principle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unprincipled Not having settled principles; not grounded in principle.
    • unprincipled Having no sound moral principles; destitute of virtue; not restrained by conscience; profligate; immoral.
    • unprincipled Not resulting from good principles; iniquitous; wicked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unprincipled un-prin′si-pld without settled principles: not restrained by conscience: profligate
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Quotations

  • Al Capp
    Al Capp
    “Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, not + principled,

Usage

In literature:

She was one of the most unprincipled flirts I ever knew, and quite the cleverest.
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
That contest, in an unprincipled nation, will take one deadly form or another, whatever laws you make against it.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
A few unprincipled rascals may ruin the reputation of a whole corps of virtuous men.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
You have been made the dupe of a thoroughly heartless and unprincipled woman.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
They were jealous and ambitious and every way unprincipled.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
He was a thoroughly unprincipled fellow, and it was known that he would do almost anything for money.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
Then that unprincipled woman shed a tear or two with her, half crocodile, half impulse.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
He is unprincipled, and probably will do so.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
Though her husband was a handsome man, he was as unprincipled as he was unfortunate.
"The Gray Madam" by Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
Winslowe was an unprincipled and dissolute man.
"The Crooked House" by Brandon Fleming
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In poetry:

"So pretty," said he, "and so trusting!
You brute of a dad,
You unprincipled cad,
Your conduct is really disgusting,
Come, come, now admit it's too bad!
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So, just on this morning - which made it more sinful,
With my women on board, the unprincipled skunk
Hung round all the bars till he loaded a skinful
Of grog, and then started his journey, dead drunk.
"How Polly Paid For Her Keep" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

The principled conservative case for an unprincipled Supreme Court decision.
Scott Walker's unprincipled rigidity .
'Total Recall' from the unprincipled 'Terminator'.
My thoughts on the unprincipled attack on Richard Aoki's character.
Ineffective, Illegal, and Unprincipled .
Call Specter a Traitor, But Don't Call Him Unprincipled .
Other than that he's an unprincipled crony capitalist who's been for and against almost everything, Romney would have been great.
Our utterance is paralyzed, when we reflect on the condition in which we are placed by the audacious practices of unprincipled men.
I almost didn't go myself, figuring the "Stick with the unprincipled RINO Bob Dole-George Bush-John McCain-Mitt Romney" lemmings already had their done deal.
Call Specter a Traitor , But Don't Call Him Unprincipled.
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