un|ho|ly [ʌnˈhəuli US -ˈhou-] adj [no comparative]
1.) an unholy alliance
an agreement between two people or organizations who would not normally work together, usually for a bad purpose
2.) [only before noun] informal
bad and extreme
An unholy row broke out between two of the men drinking in the bar.
an unholy mess
3.) not holy, or not respecting what is holy
4.) unholy amusement/delight/pleasure
pleasure etc that you get from someone else's suffering
He was taking an unholy delight in humiliating Sarah.

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