Unclean Un*clean", a. [AS. uncl?ne. See {Unnot}, and {Clean}.] 1. Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy. [1913 Webster]

2. Ceremonially impure; needing ritual cleansing. [1913 Webster]

He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. --Num. xix. 11. [1913 Webster]

3. Morally impure. ``Adultery of the heart, consisting of inordinate and unclean affections.'' --Perkins. [1913 Webster] -- {Un*clean"ly}, adv. -- {Un*clean"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

{Unclean animals} (Script.), those which the Israelites were forbidden to use for food.

{Unclean spirit} (Script.), a wicked spirit; a demon. --Mark i. 27. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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