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
Recent Examples on the Web There are two kinds of Olympic sports: competitions bathed in tradition and supposed purity, and additions to the lineup intended to draw younger viewers. Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 Among the actor-singers, Vilma Jää exuded an almost demonic purity as Markéta, and Julie Hega made a mesmerizing, husky-voiced enigma of the student Iris, who unexpectedly dominates the final scenes. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 At that time, Virginia state legislators were working to pass racial purity laws that cemented segregation, in part by banning mixed-race marriages. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 Registrars each year update millions of records based on death indexes and postal databases, but are wary of removing anyone for which there is not conclusive information, choosing enfranchisement over purity. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 According to company officials, Alabama Graphite will use a proprietary process to purify the raw graphite and refine it into battery grade purity. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 23 June 2021 As for the dynamic driver, Lypertek used a traditional Mylar film design with the addition of a high purity PPF titanium coating for rigidity and a more rapid response. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Oregano Oil Dosage and Uses Since oregano oil is classified as a dietary supplement, it is not approved by the FDA and there is no regulation on purity or dosage. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2021 Maillard said laws preventing interracial relationships centered around preserving white racial purity. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 12 June 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Purity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purity. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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