1) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You use unholy to emphasize how unreasonable or unpleasant you think something is.

She protested that it wasn't traditional jazz at all, but an unholy row...

The economy is still an unholy mess.

2) ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) If you refer to two or more people or groups working together as an unholy alliance, you mean that this arrangement is unusual because the people usually oppose each other.

The military will have to be persuaded to end its unholy alliance with the terrorists...

Westerners charged that the party was run by an unholy coalition between North and South.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something as unholy, you mean that it is wicked or bad.

`This ought to be fun,' he told Alex, eyes gleaming with an almost unholy relish...

He screamed unholy things at me.

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