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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.
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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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  • 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.

  • Nevertheless the due distinctions of rank were immaculately preserved.

    Queen Victoria

    Lytton Strachey


British Dictionary definitions for immaculately

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
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Derived Formsimmaculacy or immaculateness, nounimmaculately, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin immaculātus, from im- (not) + macula blemish
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Word Origin and History for immaculately

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.

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