un·​scathed | \ ˌən-ˈskāt͟hd How to pronounce unscathed (audio) \

Definition of unscathed

: wholly unharmed : not injured

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Can you be scathed instead of unscathed?

We often hear of a person coming through some difficult circumstance, or dangerous endeavor, and “emerging unscathed,” yet we rarely hear of anyone “emerging scathed.” Why is this? Scathe is a word: it may function as a noun (“harm, injury”) or as a verb (“to do harm to,” “to assail with withering denunciation”). It is not as commonly found as it once was, and now primarily serves as the basis for the adjective scathing (“bitterly severe”) or for the latter portion of unscathed. So you can say that someone “emerged scathed” if you wish, but be advised that it will have a curiously archaic sound to it.

Examples of unscathed in a Sentence

She escaped from the wreckage unscathed. The administration was left relatively unscathed by the scandal.
Recent Examples on the Web No organization — regardless of size, industry or location — was left unscathed by the pandemic. Rich Wagner, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The resort lost one maintenance shop, but the chairlifts, towers and buildings appear to have escaped unscathed, managers told The Chronicle. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 Few corners of the country have been left unscathed by the string of disasters this summer: Overflowing rivers in Tennessee, a hurricane in Louisiana, a deadly heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and floods in New York City. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 The Kentucky Wildcats have made it to the toughest stretch of their schedule unscathed, and must use the confidence from their wins as the No. 9 Florida Gators roll into town for a Saturday SEC East showdown. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 3 Oct. 2021 Land mines exist everywhere on the path through the college football season, but SMU remains unscathed through five games once again. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 But, aside from getting hung up on that one rock, the underside (which is protected by an underbody shield) made it out unscathed thanks to the suspension and excellent lines. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, 29 Sep. 2021 The aide, Serhiy Shefir, survived unscathed but police said his driver had been wounded after more than 10 bullets hit the car near the village of Lesnyky, just outside the capital Kyiv. NBC News, 22 Sep. 2021 Ultimately, the Cowboys escaped the drive unscathed as Los Angeles kicker Tristan Vizcaino missed a 44-yard field goal attempt 7 seconds before halftime. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of unscathed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2021

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“Unscathed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscathed. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unscathed

: not hurt, harmed, or damaged


un·​scathed | \ ˌən-ˈskāt͟hd How to pronounce unscathed (audio) \

Kids Definition of unscathed

: completely without harm or injury They emerged from the wreckage unscathed.


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