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Words of the Week – Untainted

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Untainted

DEFINITION:

from Old French teint “color, hue, dye, stain,” from Latin tinctus “a dyeing.”  The addition of the prefix ‘un’ changes the meaning to the opposite meaning- ‘not stained.’

adjective: untainted

not contaminated, polluted, or tainted.

EXAMPLES (synonyms):

pristine

unsullied

angelic

exemplary

immaculate

 

CHARACTERISTICS Example in a sentence:

The dove’s feathers were untainted by dust.

 

NON-EXAMPLES (antonyms):

tainted

polluted

sullied

impure

blemished

 

Do you know the idiom ‘clean as a whistle’?

When we say something is as ‘clean as a whistle’ we mean that it is thoroughly clean or pure.

Origin – the story:

There are several ideas about the origin of this idiom. For example, one is that the word ‘clean’ was changed from clear, because ‘clear as a whistle’ was used to refer to the clear, pure sound of a sword swishing through the air, particularly when decapitating someone. There is an example of this used in the 19th century: ‘a first rate shot. (his) head taken off as clean as a whistle’.

Example: The application process involves security checks to make sure that everyone is clean as a whistle.