Definition of unclean in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈkliːn


  • 2Morally wrong: unclean thoughts
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    • Michael McDowell objects, as it will interfere with his plan to intern the hard-left and anyone morally unclean.
    • The outraged cleric fumed: ‘All that goes for an unclean and unhealthy life.’
    • I was not allowing him to be on for the last 20 minutes, letting unclean mouths shout filthy chants at him.
  • 2.1(Of food) regarded in a particular religion as impure and unfit to be eaten: both religions regard pork as unclean
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    • Peter understands the church's squeamishness about eating unclean foods and staying in a nonkosher home; Peter had gulped a little himself.
    • Along with their involved list of unclean foods they were forbidden to eat, some Jews also had elaborate rituals of hand washing before meals.
    • We need not worry about such things as ceremonial washings and clean and unclean foods.
  • 2.2(In biblical use) ritually impure; (of a spirit) evil.
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    • These evil spirits made people ritually unclean and the unclean could not share in corporate worship.
    • In the New Testament, it is striking how those with an unclean spirit were able to recognise our Lord.
    • In Mark 1: 23-24 the Bible says the man had an unclean spirit, as if in the singular.
    sinful, immoral, bad, wicked, evil, corrupt, impure, sullied, unwholesome, sordid, disgusting, debased, degenerate, depraved, licentious, lewd, unchaste, lustful
    archaic uncleanly
    impure; forbidden



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈkliːnnɪs/
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  • The concern was about impurity, pollution, uncleanness.
  • They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness.
  • When it is symbolic, the insects often represent filth and uncleanness.


Old English unclǣne (see un-1, clean).

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