Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an immaculate record.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The record was immaculate.”)
A macula is a spot or a blemish--more loosely, a flaw.
So, something immaculate has no stains and no spots. More loosely, something immaculate is perfect, without sin or flaw, or absolutely clean.
How to use it:
Talk about an immaculate house, an immaculately kept lawn, an immaculate report card, an immaculate attendance record, an immaculate plan or a plan's immaculate execution, and so on. Someone might have an immaculate appearance, an immaculate sense of style, immaculate speech, immaculate behavior, an immaculate technique, etc.
Having an active and curious one-year-old means our days of having an immaculate living room are over, but I don't mind. I can always go on Pinterest to ogle immaculate spaces.
Mr. Chung's desk is immaculate, with piles of fresh Post-it notes lined up just so and papers neatly stacked. I imagine his desk is a reflection of his orderly mind.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "immaculate" means when you can explain it without saying “perfect" or "without flaw."
Think of someone you know who does excellent work, and fill in the blanks: "I like to watch (Person) as he/she _____ with immaculate (style/precision/technique)."
Example: "I like to watch the folks who work behind the paint counter at Home Depot as they mix, shake, seal, mallet, and label everything with swift, immaculate precision."
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Xenocrates: “I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”
1. The opposite of IMMACULATE is
2. An immaculate resume will _____.
A. only make employers cringe
B. cast the best possible light on your qualifications
C. make people wonder what you were doing in those gaps between jobs
Answers are below.
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