Definition of unholy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʌnˈhəʊli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈhoʊli//
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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 got into this unholy mess. There was an unholy row going on next door.
  4. Word OriginOld English unhālig (see un-, holy).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: unholy