How is he managing to appear, for now, anyway, so—untarnished?
Guinevere's moral character is held to be untarnished, even by her liaison with Lancelot.
She was the very dawn of life herself, untarnished, unfatigued, unashamed.
Poverty at Albany had appalled him, but as yet his soul had been untarnished.
Mr. Clavering, for all I know, is a gentleman of untarnished reputation.
They have ever held an honorable place and untarnished name among men; our grandsire was enlisted under Washington.
His own honour was so untarnished that he refused to believe less of others.
So, when he left the store in the evening, no matter how his legs ached, his head was clear and untarnished.
It is easier to win spoils from death than to keep them untarnished by life.
It was not only untarnished by such knowledge as we brought with 166 us, it was radiant.
1590s, from present participle stem of Middle French ternir "dull the luster or brightness of, make dim" (15c.), probably from Old French terne (adj.) "dull, dark," from a Germanic source cognate with Old High German tarnjan "to conceal, hide," Old English dyrnan "to hide, darken," from Proto-Germanic *darnjaz (see dern). Figurative sense is from 1690s. Related: Tarnished; tarnishing.
1713, from tarnish (v.).