un·​tar·​nished ˌən-ˈtär-nisht How to pronounce untarnished (audio)
: not dulled or damaged : not tarnished
an untarnished reputation
untarnished copper

Examples of untarnished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bus was just a year old, and the 40-year-old driver with an untarnished record had just started his shift shuttling tourists from Piazzale Roma, at the edge of Venice's famed canals, to a four-star campground on the mainland offering bargain accommodation. Colleen Barry and Giada Zampano The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 5 Oct. 2023 Their reputations remain untarnished, unlike those of the leaders of Pheu Thai, as Duangrit penitently demonstrated. Tamara Loos, Foreign Affairs, 26 Sep. 2023 Unable to verbalize her thoughts, but with her body untarnished and ageless, a disruptive electrical current makes her presence known. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 The grinding fallout from the Great Recession dragged down his approval ratings in the U.S., but views elsewhere in the world remained untarnished. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2023 The allegations are striking because Cline — who went on to serve as Chicago police superintendent under Mayor Richard M. Daley — has previously remained untarnished by the police torture scandal involving a group of detectives linked to disgraced former Cmdr. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 16 Mar. 2022 Historic additions to the Yard of Bricks On occasion, the IMS grounds crew eyes a couple of bricks in need of removal from the 3-foot strip, either by being flipped to present a flat, untarnished side facing up, or being replaced. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Feb. 2023 For the Greeks, the legendary region of Hyperborea and the mythic northern island Ultima Thule offered a vision of an untarnished world, purer and closer to nature than that found in the city-states of their Mediterranean civilization. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Jan. 2023 Just as paleontologists hunt for fossils in isolated caves and dry rift valleys, cosmologists have identified relatively untarnished parts of the universe where atomic nuclei have remained largely undisturbed since the earliest times. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 30 Sep. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of untarnished was in 1732

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“Untarnished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untarnished. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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