unscathed

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Beattie escaped his ordeal unscathed and is set to go once his mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson City ends. Anchorage Daily News, "As Quest mushers reach Dawson, one team arrives at the halfway point without its driver," 9 Feb. 2020 The frontrunner Sanders seemed to escape relatively unscathed. John Mccormack, National Review, "At the New Hampshire Debate, Did Klobuchar Halt Buttigieg’s Momentum?," 8 Feb. 2020 But in the past year, Trump has emerged unscathed from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into 2016 election interference and a nearly five-month impeachment inquiry. Paul Kane, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats at a crossroads after Trump’s acquittal, torn between investigations and sole focus on policy," 5 Feb. 2020 Sanders, however, has emerged unscathed by questions concerning its practicality. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Bernie Sanders: Cost for 'Medicare for all' is 'impossible to predict'," 25 Jan. 2020 Regardless of whether teams were hit hard or unscathed, the college landscape was changed. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Several Texas schools take hard hits after NFL draft early entries announced," 22 Jan. 2020 Throughout all this, Mr. Sanders has gone relatively unscathed. New York Times, "What Polling Tells Us About Bernie Sanders’s Chances," 22 Jan. 2020 When the Falcon 9 rocket burst apart into a puff of flame and white smoke on Sunday, the Crew Dragon capsule soared unscathed above it. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "SpaceX saves mannequins from fireball. Next up, astronauts.," 22 Jan. 2020 The Red Sox, of course, won’t go unscathed by simply firing Cora. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unscathed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unscathed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscathed. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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unscathed

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English Language Learners Definition of unscathed

: not hurt, harmed, or damaged

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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