un·​tar·​nished | \ ˌən-ˈtär-nisht How to pronounce untarnished (audio) \

Definition of untarnished

: not dulled or damaged : not tarnished an untarnished reputation untarnished copper

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Recent Examples on the Web While Blake had a heartbreaking, but ultimately untarnished, season on The Bachelorette, his BIP journey was not as smooth. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Bachelor & Bachelorette Contestants Say Producers Bullied Them While Filming," 4 Mar. 2020 If Moro is no longer the untarnished paragon of civic virtue, he is seen by many supporters instead as the wily strategist working every angle—above board or subterranean, as needed—to block a Workers’ Party comeback. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Brazilian Conservatives Really Hate Glenn Greenwald," 22 Jan. 2020 So far, its reputation with shoppers has remained largely untarnished. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The RealReal’s promise of authenticated second-hand luxury goods may not be so real," 7 Nov. 2019 Gold’s allure remains as untarnished as the noble metal itself. Washington Post, "Gold’s Ups and Downs," 14 Apr. 2015 Others chipped in for their slice of this untarnished paradise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?," 12 Apr. 2019 The link led to a meme generator loaded with photos of Cosby mugging in various poses and sweaters on BillCosby.com — all wholesome, charming, dad-like visuals reminiscent of Cosby’s untarnished reputation. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 The area has lured people seeking a place of untarnished natural beauty with accessible outdoor activity—an antidote to Seattle that isn’t as full of vacationing Seattleites as many closer destinations. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Modern Second-Home Retreat for Seattle’s Tech Elite," 19 Sep. 2018 Their lives are so untarnished by the broader culture that to be with them is refreshing. Kim Woodard Osterholzer, WSJ, "Faith and Family Among the Amish," 14 June 2018

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1732, in the meaning defined above

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“Untarnished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untarnished. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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