Definition of unalloyed in US English:



  • 1(of metal) not alloyed; pure.

    ‘unalloyed copper’
    • ‘The arc-melted unalloyed titanium products are reasonably ductile.’
    • ‘First came copper, used in an unalloyed form, and then the superior alloy of copper and tin known as bronze.’
    • ‘The original character, the unalloyed metal, the truth in its purity, will gradually shed the accidental accumulations of circumstance, and reemerge from its errant forms.’
    • ‘This is true of both the unalloyed and alloyed titanium.’
    • ‘This procedure is applicable to both unalloyed and alloyed titanium.’
    • ‘The Zinc-Aluminum Foundry Alloys, like unalloyed zinc, also possess excellent resistance to corrosion in a wide variety of environments.’
    • ‘This tactile, sensual experience was made more poignant by the knowledge that these substances were pure, unalloyed, irreducible.’
    • ‘Welds in unalloyed titanium grades 1, 2 and 3 do not require post-weld treatment unless the material will be highly stressed in a strongly reducing atmosphere’
    • ‘Tungsten, which is unalloyed, is unlikely to cause allergic reactions.’
    • ‘There are only a few applications where tin is used unalloyed with other metals.’
    • ‘Copper alloys show excellent hot and cold ductility, although usually not to the same degree as the unalloyed parent metal.’
    • ‘As little as 0.005% S can cause liquid embrittlement at unalloyed nickel grain boundaries in the range between 640 and 740°C.’
    • ‘Tin gives the alloy the ability to wet and bond with metals such as steel and copper; unalloyed lead has poor wetting characteristics.’
    • ‘Both unalloyed and alloyed gray irons can be successfully flame hardened.’
    • ‘Most of the tungsten used thus far in aerospace applications has been in the unalloyed form, which is much easier and less expensive to produce and fabricate.’
    • ‘The effects of tempering on the hardness of alloyed and unalloyed malleable irons illustrate the beneficial effects of alloying on as-quenched hardness and stability at elevated temperatures.’
    • ‘At a time when societies are becoming more multicultural, where traditions, histories, and texts commingle, and interlace, a quest for unalloyed pure native roots could prove to be not only elusive but also dangerous.’
    pure, sterling, solid, refined, unadulterated, unmixed, unblended, unpolluted, uncontaminated, one hundred per cent, flawless, perfect
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    1. 1.1 (chiefly of emotions) complete and unreserved.
      ‘unalloyed delight’
      • ‘Overall, the American triumph was not unalloyed.’
      • ‘The only Mexican president who earns his unalloyed praise is Lázaro Cárdenas, who held office from 1934 to 1940 and nationalized the oil industry.’
      • ‘Paik somehow creates a population without an anecdotal center, with the voices and all other sounds so naturally, easily, visibly absent as to yield an unalloyed and relaxed attention.’
      • ‘For both Ruskin and Eliot, the hoarder is a grotesque creature, whose great economic mistake-the insistence on the unalloyed benefit of saving-is Victorian received wisdom taken to an extreme.’
      • ‘Parish schools - and by this I mean the thousands of elementary schools administered by churches across the country - remain in many eyes an unalloyed good.’
      • ‘And yet… Let's just say that I'm not a generous-hearted enough human being to be capable of unalloyed gratitude, given what happened toward the end of the build.’
      • ‘The theme is pure, unalloyed loving devotion to Krishna.’
      • ‘Ironically, it is Spiro's unalloyed internationalism, not the New Sovereigntism, that is likely to foster U.S. rejection of international law.’
      • ‘By the time environmentalism became a political force in the 1970s, dams were no longer considered an unalloyed public good.’
      • ‘Today, Labour is the preferred party of big business because of its abandonment of its old reformist programme and its unalloyed commitment to the self-enrichment of a privileged elite.’
      • ‘Overall, the budget proposal appears to be unalloyed good news for the transportation construction industry.’
      • ‘Further, the anxious call to adore the genius of a single artist lets this book tumble into the unalloyed hero-worship that is so frequently the pitfall of monographical studies.’
      • ‘I think he has a Napoleonic concept of himself and his company, an arrogance that derives from power and unalloyed success, with no leavening hard experience, no reverses.’
      • ‘Was it possible to find happiness in its pure state, unalloyed by sorrow?’
      • ‘In short, the government has met with such unalloyed success selling its hard line to an anxious electorate that it has rarely needed to invoke the spectre of absconding.’
      • ‘He is the individual many of us would like to be if we could only shake off our obligations and responsibilities to others, if we could only act on the unalloyed imperatives of our notably selfish genes.’
      • ‘And the economy moved from a mixture of cotton planting and subsistence farming to the unalloyed growing, buying, and selling of cotton.’
      • ‘NAFTA's authors had assumed that eliminating restrictions on the movement of capital and goods would, by dint of the market's magic, lead to unalloyed prosperity.’
      • ‘When the Soviet system collapsed, the American people, far from enjoying an unalloyed sense of triumph, were experiencing their own crisis of confidence.’
      • ‘Republican pedigrees rarely come more unalloyed than his.’
      • ‘For pure, unalloyed managerial anger, not manufactured, we need look no further than Graeme Souness.’
      • ‘I would like to say a word on behalf of Idleness - pure, unadulterated indolence, unalloyed by even the slightest tinge of Purpose or Usefulness.’
      unconditional, unqualified, without reservations, unlimited, unrestricted, categorical, unequivocal, unambiguous, positive, unadulterated, undiluted, unvarnished, unstinting
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