un·​tar·​nished | \ˌən-ˈtär-nisht \

Definition of untarnished 

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

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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 Instead, all calls would be just, and fair, and the result would shine pure and untarnished as a result. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The Case Against Instant Replay — All Instant Replay," 5 June 2018 And in a future when traditional networks are less important than untarnished brand names, that was a trade-off not worth making. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why ABC had to cancel Roseanne," 29 May 2018 The promise of figures like Gillibrand is that by transcending New York’s immoral political culture, they can also, unlike Schneiderman, become untarnished forces for reform. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "New York Is the Most Politically Toxic Place in America," 9 May 2018 Arrival The prestige/time-travel/monster movie was a huge hit, and earned director Denis Villeneuve another hit on his so-far untarnished streak of heady, satisfying movies that ask big questions. Tom Philip, GQ, "Hulu Might Be the Best Movie Streaming Website," 3 May 2018 For untarnished jewelry, mix a few drops of mild dish detergent with warm water, and scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home," 8 Mar. 2017 So Meade, a man who has worked in Cabinet for presidents of two different parties, is stressing his own, relatively untarnished record. Fox News, "Mexico candidate fights ruling party's tarnished image," 2 Apr. 2018 Not even Marshal Zhukov, the glorious veteran of the Second World War, whose stature remains untarnished today, is spared; Jason Isaacs plays him as a bully with a thick Yorkshire accent. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "“The Death of Stalin” Dares to Make Evil Funny," 6 Mar. 2018

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1732, in the meaning defined above

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