un·al·loyed | \ˌən-ə-ˈlȯid \

Definition of unalloyed 

: not alloyed : unmixed, unqualified, pure unalloyed metals unalloyed happiness

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the unalloyed happiness that marriage has brought them

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The big uptick in global trade isn’t an unalloyed positive for commodities as long as China is tamping down credit growth. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "A Trade War Might Be a Commodities Buying Opportunity," 27 Mar. 2018 Dining among the Picassos, Tamayos and Steinbergs was an unalloyed pleasure for many. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 The seven-part BBC documentary, presented by a beloved nonagenarian naturalist, was not unalloyed entertainment, though. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Britain’s David Attenborough enjoys a moment as his ‘Blue Planet II’ takes a hard look at ocean pollution," 5 Jan. 2018 These three books for young readers — all set after school’s out — contain education and entertainment, nuanced instruction and unalloyed amusement. Ellen Handler Spitz, New York Times, "What Should Your Kid Read This Summer? Here Are Three to Start With," 1 June 2018 That is not to say that close community ties are an unalloyed good. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 Part of the problem stems from the collapse itself, which the West saw as an unalloyed good and a breakthrough for global peace. Seva Gunitsky, The New Republic, "One Word to Fix U.S. Russia Policy," 27 Apr. 2018 Yet while a clear setback for the Taliban, the battle to dislodge the insurgents from Farah wasn’t an unalloyed success for the government of President Ashraf Ghani. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Taliban Abandon Attempt to Take Over Afghan City," 16 May 2018 But the week was not without unalloyed successes—and my favorite of them belongs to the Brewers’ Freddy Peralta, who made his big-league debut on Sunday at Coors Field. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Fear-Inducing Yankees, Examining MLB's Trends and Banning the Shift," 14 May 2018

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1667, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unalloyed

: not mixed with something else


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