- He did what he always does to his usual impeccable standards.
- By winning 21 titles on the PGA Tour, he has set his own impeccable standards.
- As you would expect, with such a large field to choose from, the technical standard is impeccable.
- The beryl brings before us the impeccable humanity of Christ - his spotless, sinless life.
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- This week's Libran mandate is Beautify - which you Virgos do naturally for the world by cleaning, freshening, sorting, tidying, arranging and maintaining elegant order and Zen impeccability.
- Unless, of course, you just PREACH impeccability and are not in the habit of PRACTICING it, too!
- The brave risk of such small-scale impeccability and tastefulness lies in the possibility of underwhelming jaded ears (such as my own), but the restraint is rewarding and laudable.
Mid 16th century (in the theological sense): from Latin impeccabilis, from in- 'not' + peccare 'to sin'.
immaculate from Late Middle English:
For centuries Christian theologians had argued over whether God had preserved the Virgin Mary from the taint of original sin from the moment she was conceived. In 1854 the Vatican declared in favour of the Immaculate Conception and it became a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. The term involves the earliest, sense of immaculate, ‘free from moral stain’, from Latin in- ‘not’ and macula ‘spot’. The physical sense, ‘spotlessly clean or neat’, dates only from the early 19th century. Similarly, impeccable (mid 16th century) originally meant ‘incapable of sin’, and is still used in this sense in theology, where it has an opposite, peccable (early 17th century) ‘liable to sin’.
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