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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Recent Examples on the Web If Roenicke comes out of the investigation unsullied, which is the expectation, his title could be changed. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "In the interim, Ron Roenicke makes perfect sense as Red Sox manager for continuity," 11 Feb. 2020 Astronomers who rely on unsullied skies for their profession and members of the general public who enjoy the natural beauty of what lies above stand to lose out. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "The FCC's Approval of SpaceX's Starlink Mega Constellation May Have Been Unlawful," 16 Jan. 2020 My son prefers meat and sauce only, left unsullied by carrots, celery, or anything remotely vegetal. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make post-Thanksgiving leftover pot pies," 26 Nov. 2019 The seemingly unsullied burger and red carton of fries can be found at the Snotra House in Þykkvibær, South Iceland, or on the hostel’s live stream. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Last McDonald's Burger in Iceland Just Turned 10. It's Still in Perfect Condition.," 1 Nov. 2019 The lodge’s space station-like minimalist look is designed to complement the stark landscape, and wide-open starry nighttime skies unsullied by light pollution. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 3 Sep. 2019 Everyone is implicated, from Leonardo to Louis C.K. Since only animals (though not turtles) are unsullied, perhaps the title is not so random. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Is Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ Stand-Up? Theater? Yes, Please.," 26 July 2019 The result is a communitarian version of the old individualist fairy tale: the nation as a pristine and consensual community, unsullied by coercion or conquest, which might have a history but doesn’t really have a politics. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019 Doesn't an unsullied horizon allow for serendipity and wonder? Rachel Simmons, chicagotribune.com, "Why you should stop asking new graduates what they're doing next," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of unsullied

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsullied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsullied. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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formal + literary : not harmed or damaged in any way

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