pu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē \

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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To me there was a purity of their design approach, the use of color but also there was always this kind of fun and fun joyfulness, very optimistic. Brooke Lefferts, Fox News, "Kate Spade, the company, honors late style icon at New York Fashion Week show," 10 Sep. 2018 The omission may have been the consequence of a nuanced opinion on President Barack Obama’s health care law that was thought by some on the right to betray an inadequate commitment to ideological purity. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Two Judges Exemplify the Choice Trump Faces in a Supreme Court Pick," 3 July 2018 The Hydrox name came from combining the words hydrogen and oxygen, which Sunshine executives thought would evoke purity. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Oreo Competitor Makes Federal Case Out of ‘Cutthroat’ Cookie Rivalry," 17 Jan. 2019 Cliff Owen/AP Democrats are trading ideological purity for electoral viability in many campaigns — much more so than the Republican Party, which seems to be sliding further and further to the right. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats are running to the middle to win the midterms," 5 Nov. 2018 Barry Goldwater on the right in 1964 and George McGovern on the left in 1972 both ran presidential campaigns testing activists’ theory that the country wanted more ideological purity. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 The showdown represents the latest flashpoint in the Democratic Party over ideological purity. Washington Post, "California lawmaker attacked over net neutrality decision," 24 June 2018 Now, 15 years after its launch, the natural skin-care and cosmetics line has become a Danish It girl staple, thanks to its commitment to simplicity, purity, and science. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "6 Danish Beauty Brands to Know, Just in Time for Copenhagen Fashion Week," 8 Aug. 2018 The gleaming white structure is an ode to Buddha's purity, as well as samsara—the cycle of birth, existence, and death—according to Atlas Obscura. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of purity

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


pu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈpyu̇r-ət-ē \

Medical Definition of purity

: the quality or state of being pure

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