unscathed

adjective
un·​scathed | \ ˌən-ˈskāt͟hd How to pronounce unscathed (audio) \

Definition of unscathed

: wholly unharmed : not injured

Can you be scathed instead of unscathed?

We often hear of a person coming through some difficult circumstance, or dangerous endeavor, and “emerging unscathed,” yet we rarely hear of anyone “emerging scathed.” Why is this? Scathe is a word: it may function as a noun (“harm, injury”) or as a verb (“to do harm to,” “to assail with withering denunciation”). It is not as commonly found as it once was, and now primarily serves as the basis for the adjective scathing (“bitterly severe”) or for the latter portion of unscathed. So you can say that someone “emerged scathed” if you wish, but be advised that it will have a curiously archaic sound to it.

Examples of unscathed in a Sentence

She escaped from the wreckage unscathed. The administration was left relatively unscathed by the scandal.
Recent Examples on the Web Many of the listings are in the types of new, expensive buildings that have so far made it through the pandemic relatively unscathed, Mr. Wenk said. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 9 May 2022 But elsewhere, in an even more arid part of the region, other countries appeared to be relatively unscathed. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 2 May 2022 Ryan, two years younger and relatively unscathed by the rigors of his position, has no such plans. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2022 Kyiv had been relatively unscathed in recent weeks, and cafes and other businesses have started to reopen, while a growing numbers of people have been out and about, enjoying the spring weather. Inna Varenytsia, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2022 Kyiv had been relatively unscathed in recent weeks, and cafes and other businesses have started to reopen, while a growing numbers of people have been out and about, enjoying the spring weather. David Keyton And Inna Varenytsia, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Kyiv had been relatively unscathed in recent weeks, and cafes and other businesses have started to reopen, while a growing numbers of people have been out and about, enjoying the spring weather. David Keyton And Inna Varenytsia, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 While Goldman Sachs escaped largely unscathed, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Credit Suisse alone lost upwards of $10 billion combined. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 That strike followed days of blistering rocket and artillery attacks into what had been relatively unscathed parts of the city, Ukraine’s second largest. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unscathed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Unscathed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscathed. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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unscathed

adjective
un·​scathed | \ ˌən-ˈskāt͟hd How to pronounce unscathed (audio) \

Kids Definition of unscathed

: completely without harm or injury They emerged from the wreckage unscathed.

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