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unregenerate

[uhn-ri-jen-er-it] /ˌʌn rɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt/
adjective, Also, unregenerated
[uhn-ri-jen-uh-rey-tid] /ˌʌn rɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA)
1.
not regenerate; not renewed in heart and mind or reborn in spirit; unrepentant:
an unregenerate sinner.
2.
refusing to believe in the existence of God:
an unregenerate atheist; an unregenerate skeptic.
3.
unconvinced by or unconverted to a particular religion, sect, or movement; unreconstructed.
4.
persisting in the holding of prior convictions; opposing new ideas, causes, etc.; stubborn; obstinate:
an unregenerate reactionary.
5.
not reformed; wicked; sinful; profligate; dissolute:
an unregenerate way of life.
noun
6.
an unregenerate person.
Origin of unregenerate
1605-1615
1605-15; un-1 + regenerate
Related forms
unregeneracy
[uhn-ri-jen-er-uh-see] /ˌʌn rɪˈdʒɛn ər ə si/ (Show IPA),
noun
unregenerately, adverb
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  • When we consider the misery and darkness of the unregenerate world, oh!

  • And he turned from me fully convinced, I believe, that I was an unregenerate rogue.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • They seem—for purely religious purposes, of course—to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate.

  • The world, self, sin—these be the gods of the unregenerate soul.

    The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff
  • There are unregenerate atavistic impulses; Harry would dearly have liked to box her ears.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • The unregenerate man could never rejoice in the divine holiness.

  • The meekest of men love to tell how bad they were as boys, hugging their fiction of early depravity with an unregenerate glee.

  • Yea, is it a whit better in the case of any unregenerate man on earth?

    Elijah the Tishbite C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • For an unregenerate second he had become the gallant Rupert Mainwaring again, and showed me wherein might lie his attraction.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for unregenerate

unregenerate

/ˌʌnrɪˈdʒɛnərɪt/
adjective
1.
unrepentant; unreformed
2.
obstinately adhering to one's own views
noun
3.
an unregenerate person
Derived Forms
unregeneracy, noun
unregenerately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unregenerate
adj.

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + regenerate (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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