un·​sul·​lied | \ ˌən-ˈsə-lēd How to pronounce unsullied (audio) \

Definition of unsullied

: not soiled or tarnished : not sullied an unsullied reputation

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Examples of unsullied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything is shiny and unsullied by human fingerprints. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021 Yes, control of cycling resources are [sic] important, as are safe spaces to ride one’s bike, but the power of whiteness within cycling remains unsullied. WSJ, 21 May 2021 Scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed across the island because of its unsullied beauty. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2021 McKnight deftly harnesses standard metaphors — the tree as home to the spirit, sanctuary of the soul; the landscape as an unsullied Eden set against a fraught humanity — and turns them to his own ends. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021 Other, more fortunate asteroids managed to remain largely unchanged from the birth of the solar system, and as time marches on, those unsullied rocks grow more and more scarce. Mike Wehner, BGR, 9 Mar. 2021 Instead, expressing elation at the Six discovery and dismay at the public brouhaha around it, the low-key couple represents a kind of unsullied purity of cultural commitment. Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2021 Yet the perception that the great leaders of old were unsullied by the provincialism of today does not often stand up to scrutiny. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2020 If Roenicke comes out of the investigation unsullied, which is the expectation, his title could be changed. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unsullied

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsullied was in 1598

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9 Jun 2021

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“Unsullied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsullied. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsullied

formal + literary : not harmed or damaged in any way

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