from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Foul or dirty.
  • adj. Morally defiled; unchaste.
  • adj. Ceremonially impure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. dirty, soiled or foul
  • adj. not moral or chaste
  • adj. ritually or ceremonially impure or unfit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy.
  • adj. Ceremonially impure; needing ritual cleansing.
  • adj. Morally impure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy.
  • Ceremonially impure.
  • Morally impure; foul with sin; wicked; evil; especially, lewd; unchaste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  • adj. having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to dietary or ceremonial laws


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  • I also find Karzai not to my liking, infected with a foreign education and with relatives living in unclean places.

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  • Pope Benedict speaks of lepers - the "unclean" - and points out that leprosy can be a symbol for sin.


  • Oh, my friends, let us pray that we may love God better, and know His likeness more clearly; that we may be more ready to recognise, and admire, and welcome every, even the smallest trace of that likeness in any human being, remembering that it is the likeness of Christ, who was not merely The Teacher of all in every nation who fear God and work righteousness, but the Saviour who ate and drank with publicans and sinners: and then we shall be more careful how we call unclean what God Himself has cleansed with

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  • Peter understandably refuses to eat such unclean things, only to be told by the heavenly voice that he should not call unclean what God has cleansed.

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  • So sinful actions are always unclean, that is, not in accordance with God's design.

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  • There's a doctrine in law called unclean hands, which means you can't benefit from your own wrongdoing.

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  • The unclean were the leprosy, issues, &c.; not unclean, were such as this woman's infirmity, &c.

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  • That is, 'over, or upon unclean spirits': which therefore are called unclean spirits that by a clearer antithesis they might be opposed to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of purity.

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  • The covering being lifted from her eyes, her bonds were undone, and herself likened by the maker of sweet music, unto all that the Koran calls unclean, even unto the vilest of the vile, the pig, into the company of which she was relegated for all eternity.

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