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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Australia managed to emerge from their stunning victory over Brazil unscathed. SI.com, "Women's World Cup - Matchday 12 Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 16 June 2019 Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto survived World War II relatively unscathed. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Arata Isozaki's Kyoto Concert Hall shows L.A. what might have been at MOCA," 7 June 2019 Two boat ramps and a campground are open, and in early summer, rangers hope to open the Brandy Creek Recreation Area on the western shore, one of the few areas to emerge largely unscathed from the fire. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Planning a trip to California’s far north this summer? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 Previous reviews had largely left senior officers in the chain of command unscathed. NBC News, "Pentagon closes the book on 2017 ambushes that killed four in Niger," 6 June 2019 The other two vehicles are said to have emerged unscathed, and only minor injuries were reported. Fox News, "Scientists warn that 'storm chasers' are hurting research and causing danger," 5 June 2019 Starter Yusei Kikuchi — who had escaped the first four innings unscathed — walked Luis Arraez and Byron Buxton to lead off the fifth. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Back-to-back homers lift Mariners over streaking Twins in series finale," 19 May 2019 Though Hodges’s hotel escaped unscathed, the campground next door in Lydgate Park was flooded with more than five feet of water from an overflowing Wailua River. John Hopewell, Washington Post, "Historic rain inundates Kauai, cutting off Hawaii residents and tourists with floods and mudslides," 17 Apr. 2018 Every step of the way—from walking out of a fire unscathed, to hatching her dragons, to freeing the Unsullied—powerful men and women have followed her, like Jorah Momont, Dario Dohaeris, Tyrion Lannister, Lord Varys, Sir Davos, Yara Greyjoy. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Daenerys Targaryen Will Sit on the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones, and You Know It," 12 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce unscathed (audio) \

Kids Definition of unscathed

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

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