AskDefine | Define unclean

Dictionary Definition

unclean adj
1 soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves" [syn: dirty, soiled] [ant: clean]
2 ritually unclean or impure; "and the unclean to you"-Leviticus
113 [syn: impure] [ant: clean]

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dirty, soiled or foul
not moral or chaste

Extensive Definition

Unclean may refer to:
  • something which is not clean or which lacks purity.
  • A term sometimes used as a translation of the term tamei in the Hebrew Bible. In Judaism, Tamei refers to a state of ritual impurity requiring purification through immersion in a Mikvah, and in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem other forms of ritual purification, such as the Red Heifer ceremony. The term is also used for types of animals which are always tamei.
  • In Islam, a state which may require ablutions, or ritually impure food. (See Halal).

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