unscathed

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adjective un·scathed \ˌən-ˈskāthd\

Definition of unscathed

  1. :  wholly unharmed :  not injured

Examples of unscathed in a Sentence

  1. She escaped from the wreckage unscathed.

  2. The administration was left relatively unscathed by the scandal.

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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.

First Known Use of unscathed

14th century


UNSCATHED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of unscathed for English Language Learners

  • : not hurt, harmed, or damaged


UNSCATHED Defined for Kids

unscathed

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adjective un·scathed \ˌən-ˈskāthd\

Definition of unscathed for Students

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


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