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purity

[pyoo r-i-tee] /ˈpyʊər ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.:
the purity of drinking water.
2.
freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
3.
ceremonial or ritual cleanness.
4.
freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
5.
physical chastity; virginity.
6.
freedom from foreign or inappropriate elements; careful correctness:
purity of expression.
7.
Optics. the chroma, saturation, or degree of freedom from white of a given color.
8.
cleanness or spotlessness, as of garments.
Origin of purity
1175-1225
1175-1225; < Late Latin pūritās (see pure, -ity); replacing Middle English pur(e)te < Anglo-French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
hyperpurity, noun
superpurity, noun
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  • All white flowers were regarded as typifying her purity and sanctity, and were consecrated to her festivals.

  • The world's notions of purity are simply childish—because it is not itself pure.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • No one, I think, will venture to impugn the motives or the purity of the intentions of Miss Heald in taking this step.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • The whole door was resplendent in the purity of intense cold.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It inspires its beholders with feelings of innocence and purity; it makes them like little children.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for purity

purity

/ˈpjʊərɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being pure
2.
(physics) a measure of the amount of a single-frequency colour in a mixture of spectral and achromatic colours
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Word Origin and History for purity
n.

c.1200, from Old French purete "simple truth," earlier purte (12c., Modern French pureté), from Late Latin puritatem (nominative puritas) "cleanness, pureness," from Latin purus "clean, pure, unmixed; chaste, undefiled" (see pure (adj.)).

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