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un·ho·ly

 (ŭn-hō′lē)
adj. un·ho·li·er, un·ho·li·est
1. Wicked; immoral.
2. Not hallowed or consecrated.
3. Outrageous: took unholy risks to win the downhill race.

un·ho′li·ly adv.
un·ho′li·ness n.
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unholy

(ʌnˈhəʊlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. (Theology) not holy or sacred
2. immoral or depraved
3. informal outrageous or unnatural: an unholy alliance.
unˈholiness n
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un•ho•ly

(ʌnˈhoʊ li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. not holy; not sacred or hallowed.
2. impious; sinful; wicked.
3. dreadful; outrageous; ungodly: neighbors making an unholy racket.
[before 1000]
un•ho′li•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unholy - not hallowed or consecratedunholy - not hallowed or consecrated    
holy - belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
2.unholy - extremely evil or cruelunholy - extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell; "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
3.unholy - having committed unrighteous actsunholy - having committed unrighteous acts; "a sinful person"
unrighteous - not righteous; "an unrighteous man"; "an unrighteous law"
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unholy

adjective
1. (Informal) shocking, awful, appalling, dreadful, outrageous, horrendous, unearthly, ungodly (informal) The economy is still in an unholy mess.
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Translations
غَيْر لائِق، لا إحْتِرامَ فيهغَيْر مَعْقول، مُثير للغَضَب
neuctivýpříšerný
ugudelig
ferlegur, óheyrilegursem sÿnir virîingarleysi
negeras
drausmīgsnešķīstsšausmīgsvelnišķīgs
akıl almazsaygısız

unholy

[ʌnˈhəʊlɪ] ADJ
1. (= sinful) [activity] → impío
2. (= terrible) [mess, row] → tremendo; [noise] → tremendo, de mil demonios
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unholy

[ˌʌnˈhəʊli] adj
(= horrendous) [row, mess] → du diable
(= unnatural) [alliance, coalition] → contre nature
(= wicked) [delight, relish] → impie
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unholy

adj (+er) (Rel) placeungeweiht; spiritsböse; (= evil, = sinful) activitiesübel; (inf) (= reprehensible) delightdiebisch (inf); allianceübel; (= awful) messheillos; noise, hourunchristlich (inf)
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unholy

[ʌnˈhəʊlɪ] adjprofano/a
at an unholy hour (fam) → ad un'ora indecente
an unholy alliance → una coalizione f paradossale
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unholy

(anˈhəuli) adjective
1. disrespectful or irreverent. shrieks of unholy laughter.
2. outrageous or unreasonable. an unholy din.
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It's too easy to come up with jokes about this (like, whatever happened to a simple "Oh God!"?) What's more interesting is the light it sheds on Christian totalitarianism, which seeks once again to impose itself on one of the unholier joys of life.
I can easily see the 'unpaid' peers of these experts heaping a lot of grief on those that are paid, and being unholier than thou.