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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And the parts that were — the steel hull and main deck, for $250,000 — were largely unscathed by the fire. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Boblo boat Ste. Claire owners launch fundraising campaign to rebuild," 10 July 2018 Drivers caught in the Monday morning rush were relatively unscathed by the closure, too. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Commuters not bothered by huge I-65 closures," 2 July 2018 Farrell, a 6-1 guard, didn’t get through his senior season unscathed, either. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell sign with Summer League rosters," 26 June 2018 Bay Port had plenty of chances to take the lead at point-blank in the final minutes, but Warzyniak and her defense escaped unscathed. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penalty kick in overtime sends Bay Port to state championship game over Kettle Moraine," 14 June 2018 Thanks to insurance, most CMBS investors escaped unscathed from the havoc caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg.com, "CMBS Market Is Ready for Hurricane Season After Escaping Last Year," 6 June 2018 Countries that escaped unscathed have done the exact opposite, going on a borrowing binge that makes them prime candidates to be victims of any credit squeeze resulting from rising U.S. interest rates. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "To Spot the Next Financial Crisis, Look Who Was Spared by the Last One," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unscathed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unscathed was in the 14th century

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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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