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spotless

[spot-lis] /ˈspɒt lɪs/
adjective
1.
free from any spot, stain, etc.; immaculately clean:
a spotless kitchen.
2.
irreproachable; pure; undefiled:
a spotless reputation.
Origin of spotless
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at spot, -less
Related forms
spotlessly, adverb
spotlessness, noun
Synonyms
2. unblemished, flawless, untarnished, faultless.
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  • The table was covered with a cloth as white and spotless as good linen can well be.

  • With his spotless hue, he resembled a snow drift, wafted along by the wind.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Her tender side is gored; her spotless and snowy coat is deformed with blood.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Invoke not the unhallowed spirits of the abyss; invoke the spotless synod of the Gods.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He opposed to it the unconquered shield of spotless innocence.

    Imogen William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for spotless

spotless

/ˈspɒtlɪs/
adjective
1.
free from stains; immaculate
2.
free from moral impurity; unsullied: a spotless character
Derived Forms
spotlessly, adverb
spotlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spotless
adj.

c.1300, spotlez; see spot (n.) + -less. Figurative sense is from 1570s. Related: Spotlessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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