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unholy

adjective uk   /ʌnˈhəʊ.li/  us   /-ˈhoʊ-/

unholy adjective (CAUSING HARM)

used to describe a combination of things when it is very bad, harmful, or unpleasant: Religious fanatics have formed an unholy alliance with right wing groups. There was a smell emanating from the fridge - an unholy combination of over-ripe cheese and unwrapped fish.

unholy adjective (EXTREME)

[before noun] informal extreme and unacceptable: an unholy mess/row/noise
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