Unclean spirit
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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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unclean animals — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unclean — un|clean [ˌʌnˈkli:n] adj 1.) biblical morally or spiritually bad ▪ an unclean spirit 2.) unclean food, animals etc are those that a particular religion says must not be eaten, touched etc 3.) dirty ▪ unclean drinking water >uncleanness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unclean — adjective 1 biblical morally or spiritually bad: an unclean spirit 2 unclean food, animals etc are those that must not be eaten, touched etc in a particular religion uncleanness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unclean — ► ADJECTIVE 1) dirty. 2) immoral. 3) (of food) regarded in a particular religion as impure and unfit for use or consumption. 4) (in biblical use, of a spirit) evil …   English terms dictionary

  • Unclean animals — This article presents religious views on unclean animals. For discussion in relation to specific animals and food, see Taboo food and drink. The pig is considered an unclean animal as food in Judaism and Islam and some Christian denominations.… …   Wikipedia

  • spirit —    Uhane, wailua; akua (for various types, see Haw. Eng. entry and entries that follow it).   Also: ea, haili, hoaka, kupu, makani, mauli, ula. Cf. aumakua, Nānā; 193–195.    ♦ Holy Spirit, Uhane Hemolele.    ♦ Unclean, evil spirit, uhane ino… …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • unclean — adjective 1》 dirty. 2》 immoral. 3》 ritually impure and unfit for use or consumption.     ↘(in biblical use, of a spirit) evil. Derivatives uncleanness noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • unclean — adj. 1 not clean. 2 unchaste. 3 unfit to be eaten; ceremonially impure. 4 Bibl. (of a spirit) wicked. Derivatives: uncleanly adv. uncleanly adj. uncleanliness n. uncleanness n. Etymology: OE unclaeligne (as UN (1), CLEAN) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Uncleanly — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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