pu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce purity (audio) \

Definition of purity

1 : the quality or state of being pure

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Examples of purity in a Sentence

struggling to live a life of purity while surrounded by wickedness

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The purity of the game will eventually fade in time, but the plethora of emotional moments will forever be remembered. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Finally, an MLB All-Star Game that reminds us of what baseball once looked liked," 10 July 2019 And wonder of wonders — or not — his suggestion ended up with that particular note ringing for what seemed minutes, with the purity of a church bell. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Jason Mraz and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra discover ‘Life is Wonderful’ in collaborative concerts," 16 June 2019 What to make of this woman’s monstrous purity, her contradictory concern for and disavowal of material experience? Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘The Weil Conjectures’ Review: Symbols and Suffering," 12 July 2019 Christo is the archetypal artist, stubbornly maintaining the purity of his vision, in this case, allowing people to walk on water. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Observing Christo’s balancing act in ‘Walking on Water’," 11 July 2019 Hovering above all that hot-and-cold purity, two ordinary metal office shelving units are suspended in space, held within a taut network of deep green bungee cords. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "MOCA on the rebound? Three strong shows and free entry are welcome signs of change," 12 June 2019 Then, to restore her state of purity, Mary and Joseph made an offering in the Temple. National Geographic, "How Jesus's childhood influenced the Gospels," 16 May 2019 In a follow-up inspection the next month, an investigator discovered that the plant was not actually testing any of its products or ingredients to ensure their purity or strength and didn’t have cleaning procedures for its manufacturing equipment. Katherine Eban, WIRED, "8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA," 7 Aug. 2019 The purity and pleasure of that urge are evident on every canvas. D.b., The Economist, "James Johnston, a veteran rock musician, has blossomed as an artist," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of purity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purity

Middle English purete, from Anglo-French purité, from Late Latin puritat-, puritas, from Latin purus pure

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English Language Learners Definition of purity

: lack of dirty or harmful substances
: lack of guilt or evil thoughts


pu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce purity (audio) \

Kids Definition of purity

1 : freedom from dirt or impurities
2 : freedom from sin or guilt


pu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈpyu̇r-ət-ē How to pronounce purity (audio) \

Medical Definition of purity

: the quality or state of being pure

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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