adjective Etymology: Middle English immaculat, from Latin immaculatus, from in- + maculatus stained — more at maculate Date: 15th century 1. having no stain or blemish ; pure 2. containing no flaw or error 3. a. spotlessly clean b. having no colored spots or marks <
petals immaculate
immaculately adverb

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  • Immaculate — Im*mac u*late, a. [L. immaculatus; pref. im not + maculatus, p. p. of maculare to spot, stane, fr. macula spot. See {Mail} armor.] Without stain or blemish; spotless; undefiled; clear; pure. [1913 Webster] Were but my soul as pure From other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • immaculate — (adj.) early 15c., free from mental or moral pollution, pure, from a figurative use of L. immaculatus unstained, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + maculatus spotted, defiled, pp. of maculare to spot, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • immaculate — [adj1] very clean; unspoiled bright, clean, errorless, exquisite, faultless, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable, neat, pure, snowy*, spick and span*, spotless, spruce, stainless, taintless, trim, unexceptionable, unsoiled, unsullied; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • immaculate — I adjective above suspicion, blameless, chaste, clean, faultless, flawless, impeccable, incorrupt, inculpable, innocent, irreproachable, perfect, pure, refined, sinless, spotless, spotlessly clean, unblemished, undefiled, unflawed, unimpeachable …   Law dictionary

  • immaculate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) perfectly clean, neat, or tidy. 2) free from flaws or mistakes. 3) Catholic Theology free from sin. DERIVATIVES immaculacy noun immaculately adverb. ORIGIN Latin immaculatus, from in not + maculatus stained …   English terms dictionary

  • immaculate — [i mak′yə lit] adj. [ME < L immaculatus < in , not + maculatus, pp. of maculare, to spot, soil < macula, a spot, prob. < IE base * smē , to smear > SMITE] 1. perfectly clean; without a spot or stain; unsoiled 2. perfectly correct;… …   English World dictionary

  • immaculate — [[t]ɪmæ̱kjʊlət[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as immaculate, you mean that it is extremely clean, tidy, or neat. Her front room was kept immaculate. ...the waiter, dressed in immaculate bow tie and suit... The 1979 Chevrolet is in… …   English dictionary

  • immaculate — im|mac|u|late [ıˈmækjulıt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: immaculatus, from macula spot of dirt ] 1.) very clean and tidy ≠ ↑messy ▪ He wore an immaculate dark blue suit. ▪ an immaculate kitchen 2.) exactly correct or perfect in every… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • immaculate — im|mac|u|late [ ı mækjələt ] adjective 1. ) so clean and neat that there is no dirt: SPOTLESS: The whole house was absolutely immaculate. My attorney looked immaculate, as ever. 2. ) correct or perfect in every way: IMPECCABLE: a player whose… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • immaculate — adjective 1) an immaculate white shirt Syn: clean, spotless, ultraclean, pristine, unsoiled, unstained, unsullied; shining, shiny, gleaming; neat, tidy, spick and span; informal squeaky clean, as clean as a whistle Ant …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • immaculate — adjective 1) an immaculate white shirt Syn: clean, spotless, shining, shiny, gleaming 2) immaculate condition Syn: perfect, pristine, mint, flawless, faultless, unblemished; …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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