pristine

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adjective pris·tine \ˈpris-ˌtēn, pri-ˈstēn, especially British ˈpris-ˌtīn\

Definition of pristine

  1. 1 :  belonging to the earliest period or state :  original <the hypothetical pristine lunar atmosphere>

  2. 2 a :  not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted (as by civilization) :  pure <a pristine forest> b :  fresh and clean as or as if new <used books in pristine condition>

pristinely

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Examples of pristine in a sentence

  1. My office is a mess but her office is always pristine.

  2. 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

pristine

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adjective pris·tine \ˈpris-ˌtēn, pri-ˈstēn, especially British ˈpris-ˌtīn\

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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