pur sang

\ (ˈ)pu̇(ə)r¦säⁿ \

Definition of pur sang

: being such beyond a doubt or to the utmost degree : pure-blooded used postpositivelythe contemplative poet pur sang— Louise Bogandenounce him as a fascist pur sang— Thomas Mann

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History and Etymology for pur sang

French pur-sang thoroughbred animal, from pur pure + sang blood, from Latin sanguis

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“Pur sang.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pur%20sang. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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