from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Wicked; immoral.
  • adjective Not hallowed or consecrated.
  • adjective Outrageous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not holy.
  • Impious; wicked.
  • Synonyms Unhallowed, unsanctified.
  • Profane, ungodly.
  • noun pl. unholies (-liz). That which is unholy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not holy; unhallowed; not consecrated; hence, profane; wicked; impious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Something that is evil, impure, or otherwise perverted.

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

  • adjective extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
  • adjective not hallowed or consecrated
  • adjective having committed unrighteous acts


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