unsullied

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

Definition of unsullied

: not soiled or tarnished : not sullied an unsullied reputation

Examples of unsullied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the inspiration remains — timeless and pure, unsullied by subtext or character development. Robert Isenberg, Longreads, 26 Apr. 2022 The attorneys who represent oligarchs have managed to remain largely unsullied by their unsavory doings. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 Kipchoge, who looks and talks like Yoda and runs with thrusters practically equal to the Millennium Falcon, has a glorious, unsullied history in running. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2019 But some people are motivated less by considerations of capital flows and more by a desire to have clean hands — to feel unsullied by the fossil-fuel industry and its grievous legacy. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The red caps and the presidential campaign were still to come but back then, his reputation as the king of style was relatively unsullied. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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