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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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in an unholy manner
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