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Definition of unholy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1dangerous; likely to be harmful an unholy alliance between the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry
  2. 2not respecting the laws of a religion opposite holy
  3. 3[only before noun] (informal) used to emphasize how bad something is She wondered how she had gotten into this unholy mess. There was an unholy racket going on next door.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: unholy