Definition of unrighteous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌənˈrīCHəs/ /ˌənˈraɪtʃəs/


  • Not righteous; wicked.

    ‘vicious and unrighteous passions’
    as plural noun the unrighteous ‘the expectation that God would punish the unrighteous’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To call the steward dishonest, shameful, unjust, unrighteous, or wicked is too harsh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The law did not make one righteous but showed how unrighteous they really were.’
    • ‘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. ’.’
    • ‘But as the Spirit is eternal, so also will be the peace of the righteous man and the tribulation of the unrighteous.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are condemned, and they deludedly believe that they are commanded, to spread the contagion and to visit hell upon the unrighteous.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is, in short, a woman of contradictions, and refreshingly, unfashionably unrighteous.’
    • ‘First Corinthians 6: 9-10, ‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?’’
    • ‘Landlords should also voluntarily cease taking unrighteous rent.’
    • ‘You used your sovereignty in an unwise, unrighteous way.’
    • ‘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’.’
    evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vile


Old English unrihtwīs(see un-, righteous).



/ˌənˈrīCHəs/ /ˌənˈraɪtʃəs/