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purblind

[pur-blahynd] /ˈpɜrˌblaɪnd/
adjective
1.
nearly or partially blind; dim-sighted.
2.
slow or deficient in understanding, imagination, or vision.
3.
Obsolete. totally blind.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pur blind completely blind; see pure (in obsolete adv. sense), blind
Related forms
purblindly, adverb
purblindness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. See blind.
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  • The voice from the thicket seemed to convey almost nothing but purblind certainty and impatience.
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purblind

/ˈpɜːˌblaɪnd/
adjective
1.
partly or nearly blind
2.
lacking in insight or understanding; obtuse
Word Origin
C13: see pure, blind; compare parboil
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Word Origin and History for purblind
adj.

c.1300, pur blind "entirely blind," as a noun, "a blind person," later "partially blind, blind in one eye" (late 14c.), the main modern sense, from blind (adj.). The first element is sometimes explained as pure (adj.), or as the Anglo-French perfective prefix pur- (see pur-). Sense of "dull" first recorded 1530s.

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purblind in Medicine

purblind pur·blind (pûr'blīnd')
adj.

  1. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.

  2. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull.

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