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Definition of immaculate

1 : spotlessly clean an immaculate kitchen immaculate uniforms
2 : having or containing no flaw or error an immaculate record of service in immaculate detail
3 : having no stain or blemish : pure an immaculate heart
4 : having no colored spots or marks used especially in botany and zoology petals immaculate

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Other Words from immaculate

immaculately adverb
immaculateness noun
… the immaculateness of scrubbed decks … — William Sansom

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The opposite of immaculate is maculate, which means "marked with spots" or "impure." The Latin word maculatus, the past participle of a verb meaning "to stain," is the source of both words and can be traced back to macula, a word that scientists still use for spots on the skin, on the wings of insects, and on the surface of celestial objects. Maculate has not marked as many pages as immaculate, but it has appeared occasionally (one might say "spottily"), especially as an antithesis to immaculate. We find the pair, for example, in an article by Peter Schjeldahl in an April 2004 issue of The New Yorker: "Rob's apartment, with its immaculate ranks of album spines and its all too maculate strewing of everything else…."

Examples of immaculate in a Sentence

… they seemed as remote from metaphysics as their lunch bags and knapsacks. Yet weren't they all heading for those immaculate country snowfields to talk of God? — Cynthia Ozick, Atlantic, May 1997 … and added to this was the fact that this Soviet Army Colonel had a service record that was as immaculate as a field of freshly fallen snow … — Tom Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, (1988) 1989 I was expecting some giant to emerge, but in came a tiny, immaculate, white-haired man. — Anna Russell, I'm Not Making This Up, You Know, 1985 She had an immaculate record of service. somehow managed to keep the white carpet immaculate
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Recent Examples on the Web Kenley Jansen pitched the fourth and was one strike away from an immaculate inning, finishing with two strikeouts and a groundout on nine pitches. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers pound Rockies while Trevor Bauer and Kenley Jansen pound the strike zone," 1 Mar. 2021 Three years ago, for a tour of still-under-construction SoFi Stadium, Rams players boarded buses that ferried them down a hill and onto a dusty surface that would eventually become the immaculate playing field. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ Andrew Whitworth prepares for 16th season amid uncertain salary-cap situation," 7 Mar. 2021 The music video, directed by Mars and Florent Déchard, transports Silk Sonic to a Motown studio, where the vibes are immaculate, complete with Kangols and amber shades. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak Are Slow-Jam Kings on ‘Leave the Door Open’," 5 Mar. 2021 This year, the sashayed into the Golden Globes in an immaculate white Givenchy cape dress, Tiffany & Co jewelry, a baby bump and glowing skin. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, "Beauty Secrets Behind This Year’s Most Stunning Looks At The Golden Globes," 2 Mar. 2021 The camera’s use of space is immaculate, instilling a sense of claustrophobia and tension into the proceedings. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Davies’s skill with structure is on full display here; the first installment is an immaculate introduction that builds and builds and ends with a wallop. New York Times, "It's a Sin," 17 Feb. 2021 One is for current subscribers who can score 30% off a new membership, and another for potential new members, who can buy one and get one free. Give yourself the gift of immaculate floors in 2021 thanks to Dyson's ultra-powerful vacuums. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "33 Best After-Christmas Sales to Shop in 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 Its Grand Guignol flourishes were attention-grabbing, yes, but what knocked some of us out was Fincher’s visual style, with its crepuscular lighting, immaculate staging and tableaus. New York Times, "David Fincher, the Unhappiest Auteur," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of immaculate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for immaculate

Middle English immaculat, from Latin immaculatus, from in- + maculatus stained — more at maculate

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“Immaculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immaculate

: perfectly clean
: having no flaw or error


im·​mac·​u·​late | \ i-ˈma-kyə-lət How to pronounce immaculate (audio) \

Kids Definition of immaculate

1 : perfectly clean
2 : having no flaw or error He has an immaculate record.

Other Words from immaculate

immaculately adverb

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