Definition of unrighteous in English:



  • Not righteous; wicked.

    ‘vicious and unrighteous passions’
    ‘the expectation that God would punish the unrighteous’
    • ‘People will respect rules which are intrinsically right and just, and will expect their neighbours to obey them, as well as obeying them themselves: but they will not feel the same about rules which are unrighteous or unjust.’
    • ‘Most decent British and American citizens, not loath to protest against unrighteous war nor to fight for a just cause, want and deserve better than this.’
    • ‘The law did not make one righteous but showed how unrighteous they really were.’
    • ‘War will not be a holy war between the purely righteous and the totally unrighteous, between the godly and the ungodly, between good and evil.’
    • ‘Piety did not apply to unrighteous parents, and unrighteous elders, people who lived not according to God's Word e.g. ‘she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth’.’
    • ‘To call the steward dishonest, shameful, unjust, unrighteous, or wicked is too harsh.’
    • ‘Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?’
    • ‘First Corinthians 6: 9-10, ‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?’’
    • ‘But as the Spirit is eternal, so also will be the peace of the righteous man and the tribulation of the unrighteous.’
    • ‘When an unrighteous person (read liar) brings you news, look carefully into it, lest you harm someone and be sorry for what you have done.’
    • ‘The great question that confronts us all is: how can a holy and righteous God ever be reconciled to unholy and unrighteous sinners?’
    • ‘On the other hand, the ruler has a duty to restrain the wicked and to assist those who are wronged to find redress. ‘The law is not given for the righteous, but for the unrighteous. ’.’
    • ‘They are condemned, and they deludedly believe that they are commanded, to spread the contagion and to visit hell upon the unrighteous.’
    • ‘Landlords should also voluntarily cease taking unrighteous rent.’
    • ‘Political prisoner and activist George Jackson articulated brilliantly, however, that those poor people who commit crimes are the ‘most abused victims of an unrighteous order.’’
    • ‘I am pretty sure that victims of drink-driving accidents would like to hear a lecture about how unrighteous it is to be deprived from alcohol whilst travelling!’
    • ‘You used your sovereignty in an unwise, unrighteous way.’
    • ‘She is, in short, a woman of contradictions, and refreshingly, unfashionably unrighteous.’
    • ‘Let's take a look at two women in the Bible who were fearful and whether they handled it in a righteous or unrighteous way.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I am not responsible for the failings of my predecessors, who set up the supply systems and who were as unrighteous as I am righteous.’
    evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vile
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Old English unrihtwīs (see un-, righteous).