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immaculate

[ih-mak-yuh-lit]
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adjective
  1. free from spot or stain; spotlessly clean: immaculate linen.
  2. free from moral blemish or impurity; pure; undefiled.
  3. free from fault or flaw; free from errors: an immaculate text.
  4. Biology. having no spots or colored marks; unicolor.

Origin of immaculate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin immaculātus unspotted. See im-2, maculate
Related formsim·mac·u·la·cy [ih-mak-yuh-luh-see] /ɪˈmæk yə lə si/, im·mac·u·late·ness, nounim·mac·u·late·ly, adverbun·im·mac·u·late, adjectiveun·im·mac·u·late·ly, adverbun·im·mac·u·late·ness, noun

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2. irreproachable, blameless, unimpeachable, unexceptionable.
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Historical Examples

  • Was it a lot of nonsense that he had thought about the immaculacy of the flesh?

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

  • Among other elucidations, the work contained professional testimony of the immaculacy that was claimed.


British Dictionary definitions for immaculacy

immaculate

adjective
  1. completely clean; extremely tidyhis clothes were immaculate
  2. completely flawless, etcan immaculate rendering of the symphony
  3. morally pure; free from sin or corruption
  4. biology of only one colour, with no spots or markings
Derived Formsimmaculacy or immaculateness, nounimmaculately, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin immaculātus, from im- (not) + macula blemish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for immaculacy

n.

1799; see immaculate + -cy.

immaculate

adj.

early 15c., "free from mental or moral pollution, pure," from a figurative use of Latin immaculatus "unstained," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + maculatus "spotted, defiled," past participle of maculare "to spot," from macula "spot, blemish." The literal sense of "spotlessly clean or neat" in English is first attested 1735. Immaculate Conception is late 15c., from Middle French conception immaculée (late 15c.); declared to be an article of faith in 1854.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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