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

Examples of untarnished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'untarnished.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of untarnished

1732, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about untarnished

Dictionary Entries near untarnished








Statistics for untarnished

Last Updated

30 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for untarnished

The first known use of untarnished was in 1732

See more words from the same year

Comments on untarnished

What made you want to look up untarnished? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!