unholiness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unholiness - the quality of being unholyunholiness - the quality of being unholy    
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
unsanctification, profaneness - unholiness by virtue of being profane
holiness, sanctitude, sanctity - the quality of being holy
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