unscathed

adjective
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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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 Over the past year, banks and wealth managers have gone largely unscathed as the #MeToo movement swept through Hollywood, politics, tech firms and the media, exposing powerful men for mistreating women. Simone Foxman, Bloomberg.com, "Iconiq Fires Manager Over Old Sex Charge," 20 May 2018 Still, even if fiber optics firms do come out of the current ban against selling to ZTE unscathed, larger threats are on the horizon. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Saving ZTE Isn't Just About Chinese Jobs. Americans Firms Also Have a Lot to Lose," 14 May 2018 Partly because neither the company nor the non-profit has few if any assets, Staples himself has emerged largely unscathed from all these claims. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“He never paid us a cent”—man suing Tesla has his own lawsuit-filled past," 31 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of unscathed

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

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