What is the opposite of clean?

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Adjective
Opposite of free from dirt, marks, or stains
“He stood back for a moment to gasp at his dirty car before proceeding to wash it.”
Adjective
Opposite of hygienic or sanitary
“Do not handle the food if your hands are unhygienic.”
Adjective
Opposite of free from pollutants or impurities
“He dreaded having to return to the city with its polluted air.”
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(of sheet material e.g. paper) Opposite of in an unmarked condition
“The sheet of paper was blotchy with ink stains.”
Adjective
Opposite of having good morals
“Your past is no excuse for the immoral life you currently lead.”
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Opposite of free from guilt
“Steven was found guilty despite his constant protestations of innocence.”
Adjective
Opposite of performed according to the rules
“True to the traditions of leadership races, the candidates steeled themselves for a dirty fight.”
Adjective
(of a person) Opposite of free from the consumption of drugs or alcohol
“They tried to make Amanda go to rehab, but she refused and is still addicted.”
Adjective
(of an action) Opposite of performed well and with precision
“The amateur chef would completely massacre the piece of salmon with his sloppy knife strokes.”
Adjective
Opposite of simple, well-defined, and pleasing in shape
“The structure's design exudes a breath of complexity, using intricate lines and elaborate forms.”
Adjective
Opposite of that does not damage the environment
“We must encourage the continued reduction of the use of ecologically unfriendly energy for the benefit of future generations.”
Adjective
Opposite of complete and thorough
“It was only a partial victory for the party who had managed to secure several seats on the council.”
Adjective
(somewhat uncommon) Opposite of having no exceptions or restrictions
“He puts on a front, but his happiness is most certainly questionable.”
Adjective
Opposite of lacking contents that could or should be present
“I want a full plate of food right now because I am starving!”
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(of sound or color) Opposite of free from anything that dulls or dims
“Though his technique was superb, his guitar tone was distorted.”
Adjective
Opposite of being clear enough to read
“Jim's handwriting was illegible and difficult to read.”
Adjective
Opposite of lacking contents that could or should be present
Adjective
Opposite of free from vulgarity or indecency
“It was unfortunate that the performer had to resort to coarse language to elicit laughter from the audience.”
Adjective
Opposite of not damaged or marked in any way
Adjective
Opposite of treating people equally without favoritism or discrimination
“If there was even a hint that the judge might be biased, I'd certainly be unhappy about it.”
Adjective
Opposite of denotes a constructive or productive feeling
“As a result of their unproductive response, we were unable to attain the information required to proceed.”
Adjective
Opposite of having no exceptions or restrictions
Adjective
Opposite of arranged neatly and in order
Adjective
Opposite of causing little harm to the environment
“In addition to using energy in an inefficient and ungreen manner, we have used it in such a way that its technology requires large amounts of capital.”
Adjective
(of the climate) Opposite of pleasantly refreshing and cool
“We decided to stay indoors as the day was gloomy and uninviting.”
Adjective
Opposite of ritually proper
Adjective
Opposite of suitable for breathing
Adjective
Opposite of having no exceptions or restrictions
Verb
Opposite of to make clean
“I always dirty my kitchen whenever I do some cooking.”
Verb
Opposite of to maintain one's household
“It only takes a few days for me to mess up my apartment.”
Verb
Opposite of to free of microorganisms, or from impurities
“Be sure to keep your wound clean so that you won't infect it.”
Verb
Opposite of to pat lightly and quickly, especially to clean or wipe away
“You'll need to scrub this stubborn stain nice and hard to remove it.”
Verb
Opposite of soak or wipe gently with liquid to clean or soothe
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Opposite of to take the internal organs out of
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Opposite of clean with force
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Opposite of to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
Verb
Opposite of to make ready in advance
Verb
Opposite of to take or let out the bowels or interior parts of
Verb
Opposite of clean off
Adverb
Opposite of according to the rules
“If you want to take her on, then you should probably know that she fights dirty.”
Adverb
Opposite of used to emphasize the absoluteness of a given action or attribute
“I failed because I was only partially determined to accomplish my goals.”
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