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.

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There are several reasons, however, why Trump could walk away from the Manafort verdict completely unscathed. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "What the Manafort Verdict Means for President Donald Trump," 23 Aug. 2018 Domino just makes the subtext into text, miraculously surviving car crashes and walking through hails of shrapnel unscathed. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Gold prices were relatively unscathed, with the haven metal balanced between worrisome geopolitical news and a firming U.S. dollar. David Hodari, WSJ, "Base Metals Follow Stocks, Oil Lower," 6 Dec. 2018 America’s major banks appeared to have gotten through the fourth quarter’s market volatility relatively unscathed. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Gets Its Turn in the Penalty Box," 17 Jan. 2019 The base was abruptly cleared, however, and the plane glided to safety with all 61 passengers unscathed, minus two minor injuries and damage sustained to the aircraft's nose. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 And yet amid the carnage, the earnest, doughty station wagon has emerged unscathed. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 After the attack, since Cale appeared visibly unscathed, he was given the unenviable job of collecting dead bodies from the ships. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 Stephens pitched himself out of runners at the corners in the second, inducing a comebacker to end the second unscathed. NOLA.com, "UNO baseball upsets No. 1 seed Sam Houston State in Southland Tournament," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of unscathed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unscathed

adjective

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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