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[skahr] /skɑr/
a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
verb (used with object), scarred, scarring.
to mark with a scar.
verb (used without object), scarred, scarring.
to form a scar in healing.
Origin of scar1
1350-1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related forms
scarless, adjective
unscarred, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unscarred
Historical Examples
  • He stood with his face to the future, to the years unscarred and waiting.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • On the other side of the pasture were woods, still green, shadowy, unscarred.

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
  • And how very few are they, that come forth, unscarred, and purified!

    The Rector of St. Mark's Mary J. Holmes
  • You carve his body about and leave it re-modelled and unscarred.

    The World Set Free Herbert George Wells
  • He was a jolly soul, and the tragic experience he had gone through seemed to have left him unscarred.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • His handsome face was unscarred by any barbaric markings such as many of his warriors displayed.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • She pointed at the serene front of the chteau, looking out across its gardens to the unscarred fields.

    Coming Home Edith Wharton
  • He seemed like a man who had never been forced into the battle of the world, he was so unscarred and hallowed.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • No man could go through the conflicts which Cooper had been carrying on for so many years unharmed or unscarred.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • As (p. 084) the enemy's resistance stiffened, shells commenced to fall on fields yet unscarred by trench or shell-hole.

British Dictionary definitions for unscarred


any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distress: his wife's death left its scars on him
the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
a mark of damage; blemish
verb scars, scarring, scarred
to mark or become marked with a scar
(intransitive) to heal leaving a scar
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab


an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
a similar formation in a river or sea
Also called (Scot) scaur
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse sker low reef, skerry
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Word Origin and History for unscarred



late 14c., from Old French escare "scab" (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara "scab formed after a burn," literally "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s.



1550s, from scar (n.1). Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Scarred; scarring.



"bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain," 1670s, earlier "rock, crag" (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker "isolated rock or low reef in the sea," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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unscarred in Medicine

scar (skär)
The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease. v. scarred, scar·ring, scars

  1. To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.

  2. To form scar.

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