un·​taint·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈtān-təd How to pronounce untainted (audio) \

Definition of untainted

: not contaminated, spoiled, or affected slightly with something bad : not tainted untainted evidence an untainted reputation

Examples of untainted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Checota-Moody spat was a gift from the campaign gods, leaving Feingold as the untainted alternative. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2021 Shots of a lone figure dwarfed in the immensity of an untainted domain fill Zhao’s movies. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2021 By 1950, one Joe McCarthy was beginning his infamy as a red-hunting senator while the other was finishing his hall of fame career by managing the Boston Red Sox, whose name remained untainted during the Red Scare. Chris Lamb, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2021 People buy our products, come to our store, rent our equipment and come to Ely because of the Boundary Waters and its reputation as pure and untainted. Star Tribune, 14 Feb. 2021 The years long saga of Flint, Michigan, to achieve untainted, clean water drew national attention — and led to nine criminal indictments, including one against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2021 In contrast, Kathy Hochul, Cuomo’s lieutenant governor, is a milquetoast public servant who seems to be untainted by any of the scandals swirling around Cuomo at the moment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 12 Mar. 2021 These types of meteorites contain extremely old and largely untainted material from a very, very long time ago. Mike Wehner, BGR, 9 Mar. 2021 America stood alone, untainted by imperialism, a beacon of hope to many who looked for a counterweight to colonialists rampaging across the globe. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of untainted

1590, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2021

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“Untainted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untainted. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untainted

formal : not damaged or spoiled in any way : not tainted

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