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[ih-mak-yuh-lit] /ɪˈmæk yə lɪt/
free from spot or stain; spotlessly clean:
immaculate linen.
free from moral blemish or impurity; pure; undefiled.
free from fault or flaw; free from errors:
an immaculate text.
Biology. having no spots or colored marks; unicolor.
Origin of immaculate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin immaculātus unspotted. See im-2, maculate
Related forms
[ih-mak-yuh-luh-see] /ɪˈmæk yə lə si/ (Show IPA),
immaculateness, noun
immaculately, adverb
unimmaculate, adjective
unimmaculately, adverb
unimmaculateness, noun
2. irreproachable, blameless, unimpeachable, unexceptionable. Unabridged
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  • But the several fly-leaves were immaculately innocent of all sign of ownership.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • They were always to be immaculately neat in their attire, and gentle in their ways.

    Hepsey Burke

    Frank Noyes Westcott
  • As she turned into her own street she met her husband, immaculately dressed.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Among the late-comers was a middle-aged woman, immaculately clean.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • Nevertheless the due distinctions of rank were immaculately preserved.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
British Dictionary definitions for immaculately


completely clean; extremely tidy: his clothes were immaculate
completely flawless, etc: an immaculate rendering of the symphony
morally pure; free from sin or corruption
(biology) of only one colour, with no spots or markings
Derived Forms
immaculacy, immaculateness, noun
immaculately, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin immaculātus, from im- (not) + macula blemish
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Word Origin and History for immaculately



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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