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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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Related Words for immaculate

snowy, flawless, bright, spotless, neat, impeccable, exquisite, modest, unblemished, clean, faultless, irreproachable, pure, spick-and-span, spruce, stainless, trim, unsullied, errorless, taintless

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Historical Examples of immaculate

  • He was said to keep the house in immaculate order, and he also took care of the garden.

  • It proved to be a little out of place, but otherwise he was as immaculate as was his wont.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Large and mysterious are the paths of heaven, just and immaculate his ways.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • He took off the immaculate topper and held it out towards her.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • And nearly in the middle was the bulky, immaculate, pigmented Ribiera.


British Dictionary definitions for immaculate

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 for immaculate

C15: from Latin immaculātus, from im- (not) + macula blemish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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