/un wosht", -wawsht"/, adj.
1. not cleaned or purified by or as if by washing: unwashed dishes; the unwashed soul of a sinner.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of the common people; untutored, unsophisticated, or ignorant; plebeian: the power of the unwashed electorate.
3. (used with a pl. v.) an ignorant or lower-class group; rabble (usually prec. by the): The author claimed that the unwashed would not understand his books.
[1350-1400; ME; see UN-1, WASHED]

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