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  1. a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
  2. a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
  3. any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
  4. Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
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verb (used with object), scarred, scar·ring.
  1. to mark with a scar.
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verb (used without object), scarred, scar·ring.
  1. to form a scar in healing.
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Origin of scar1

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related formsscar·less, adjectiveun·scarred, adjective
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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!

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unscarred


  1. any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
  2. a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distresshis wife's death left its scars on him
  3. the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
  4. a mark of damage; blemish
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verb scars, scarring or scarred
  1. to mark or become marked with a scar
  2. (intr) to heal leaving a scar
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Word Origin

C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab


  1. an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
  2. a similar formation in a river or sea
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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.

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

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"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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unscarred in Medicine


  1. The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease.
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  1. To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.
  2. To form scar.
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