from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not canonical; not agreeable to the canons.
  • Not conformed or conforming to rule; not determined by rule.
  • Not belonging to the canon (of Scripture).

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  • adjective Not canonical.


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un- +‎ canonical


  • Thus it has the connotation "uncanonical" with some of them.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Hmm, Verlaine ... uncanonical for a crime-fiction.

    More prizes for Peter Temple's "Truth"?

  • Inwardly glowing with impatience, Arthur yet saw the necessity of obeying his guide; and when he had pulled the long and loose upper vestment from the old man, he stood before him in a cassock of black serge, befitting his order and profession, but begirt, not with a suitable sash such as clergymen wear, but with a most uncanonical buff-belt, supporting a short two-edged sword, calculated alike to stab and to smite.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • In his early youth he showed a marked preference for uncanonical pursuits and heretical doctrines and before he had reached his thirtieth year prudence counseled him to prevent the consequences of his heresy and avoid the too pressing Inquisition by a timely flight into France.


  • But though a biblical plainness coupled with a most uncanonical levity may shut his pages to many sensitive readers, yet the offence is superficial.

    Representative Men

  • A harp, and other matters of a very uncanonical appearance, were also visible when this dark recess was opened.


  • But the fugitives could not be brought back, and with some little delay, — which made the marriage perhaps uncanonical but not illegal, — Mr George Whitstable was made a happy man.

    The Way We Live Now

  • In the process of augmentation Jesus is given several uncanonical saying which sound more like Mailer than Jesus: "It is natural to mourn for oneself"; "No heart is so hard as the timid heart"; "The destruction of each man is to be found in the pity he saves for himself"; "A man of small mind develops a hard shell so that he can protect his small thoughts."

    Advertisement for Himself

  • In any event the anniversary is likely to do part of the publisher's work and sell more copies than would be the case in an uncanonical year, since the composer's music will be thrust constantly before the public in festivals, concerts, radio performances, and recordings, and if his life yields enough edifying or scandalous material, television is unlikely to miss its opportunity.

    A Handle on Handel

  • This uncanonical second baptism constitutes therefore a new opportunity for man under the new dispensation of Christian hedonism.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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