un·scathed | \ ˌən-ˈskāt͟hd \

Definition of unscathed 

: wholly unharmed : not injured

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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.

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The mirror-like scales reflect the beam, leaving the fish unscathed. Amanda Little, WIRED, "The Laser Battle Against Blood-Sucking Parasites of the Deep," 23 May 2018 Bumping into shopping carts, the captain finally saw a ray of light and made it to an exit unscathed. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 For every individual high-energy neutrino hit, Halzen said, roughly 10,000 or 100,000 more pass through unscathed. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "After years of searching, scientists finally trace high-energy neutrinos to a distant blazar," 12 July 2018 Still, there were glimmers of hope: two new luxury resorts, Villa Marie and Hotel Manapany, managed to remain (mostly) unscathed, and were already welcoming guests. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How St. Barth's Survived the Devastating Hurricanes of 2017," 10 July 2018 Luckily, Biebs was able to crawl back out unscathed. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "13 Brave Singers Who Survived Absolutely Brutal Stage Falls," 9 July 2018 Which brings us to this year’s Croatian side, one of only three teams to come through group play unscathed (Uruguay and Belgium are the others), winning three straight to earn Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup with Denmark. Al Saracevic, SFChronicle.com, "In this case, it’s OK to root for a team," 30 June 2018 Croatia: Croatia emerged from perhaps the tournament’s toughest group unscathed, topping Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in succession, conceding just once. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 But onto the upper film Of supple, silky snow The blush, breaks and bleeds The purity of the sky That has landed unscathedBetrayal is like the ignoramus of a leech Amber McCrary is Diné zinester, feminist and writer. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Poetry spot: 'Raspberries do not blush in the sky' by Amber McCrary," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unscathed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unscathed

: not hurt, harmed, or damaged


un·scathed | \ ˌən-ˈskāt͟hd \

Kids Definition of unscathed

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

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