Definitions

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  • adj. Not tarnishable.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ tarnishable

Examples

  • The Bridgeman Art Library A 19th-century etching of the ragged Continental army marching to Valley Forge In the end, nothing can detract from the untarnishable glory of Washington's having been the commander in chief throughout the war, in which the largest expeditionary force of the 18th century came to total grief.

    O Captain, Our Captain

  • It reminds us that the heart, like gold, is pure and untarnishable.

    Love For No Reason

  • That for all his drinking and tomcatting around, his soul is so pure that it cannot be tainted, so totally and completely pure, so untarnished and untarnishable, that both sides of this war will do anything, anything to get it under their control.

    Supernatural: 99 Problems - Pink Raygun.com

  • Through the centuries, this untarnishable metal has had a mesmerizing appeal as a show of prosperity, display of beauty and sign of greed.

    Gold's Standard: $1,000

  • The tallest building in the world until 1972, with three million square feet of rental space, a bank of 64 elevators racing upward at 700 feet per minute, and a shell fashioned from untarnishable chrome-nickel steel, the Empire State Building remains an icon of capitalism, modernity and mythic New York.

    A Skyscraper (in Theory) And Its Myriad Meanings

  • Base material such as lead was put through an elaborate series of processes (all of them involving, as Steven had said, heat) that led to its perfection into gold, while the alchemist, struggling over the years to perfect the process, was simultaneously being refined, purified, and ultimately transmuted into a being of untarnishable wisdom and immortality.

    A Darker Place

  • Secondly, one of the untarnishable glories of the international screen, Lieutenant Colonel David Niven, was at hand and available, by kind permission of Samuel Goldwyn and his own elevated sense of duty.

    An Autobiography

  • I looked morosely at the solid untarnishable handcuffs locked round my wrists.

    Smokescreen

  • The lapse of time obliterates countless landmarks of Moslem creed in localities removed from external contact, but amid the dust of disintegrating forces and forgotten forms, the central Truth remains imbedded, like a wedge of gold trodden in the mire, but retaining intrinsic value and untarnishable purity.

    Through the Malay Archipelago

  • The alloy is of a fine white colour, and is very little affected by air -- in fact, it is to some extent untarnishable.

    On Laboratory Arts

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