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Examples of pristine in a sentence
My office is a mess but her office is always pristine.
He was wearing a pristine white shirt.
Did You Know?
When pristine was anglicized in the 16th century, people borrowed the meanings of "early" and "original" from the Latin word pristinus and applied those meanings to what is desirable as well as to what is not. But it has long been a tendency of civilized people to admire a simpler and unsullied past. The supposition is that when things were in their oldest or original state, they were better. Thus, pristine was extended to describe the notion of an unspoiled, uncorrupted, or unpolluted state. And what is unspoiled or uncontaminated may connote the freshness and cleanness of something that has just been made, which explains how pristine has also come to mean "fresh and clean."
Origin and Etymology of pristine
Latin pristinus; akin to Latin prior
First Known Use: 1534
PRISTINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pristine for English Language Learners
: in perfect condition : completely clean, fresh, neat, etc.
: not changed by people : left in its natural state
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