purity

noun
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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In a country so divided and coarsened, does one person’s private struggle for moral purity really matter? Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Clean Curtains’ and New Year’s Resolutions," 30 Dec. 2018 Naturalism Swept the Runways At shows like Loewe and Lanvin, clean skin and even cleaner hair evoked the serenity and purity of nature through its untrammeled state. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 Daisies are known for symbolizing beauty, innocence and purity, Law says. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 The aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement, which were rooted in nature and folk styles, were swapped for simplicity and geometric purity. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 100-Year-Old German Art School That’s Still Influencing the Fashion World," 13 Feb. 2019 The aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement, which were rooted in nature and folk styles, were swapped for simplicity and geometric purity. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 PINK Pink is a joyous color, says the CRI, and is also worn to represent purity and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Surprising Meaning Behind Easter Colors," 22 Mar. 2019 Joe Biden has yet to join the 2020 presidential race, but the former vice president is already getting the Hillary Clinton treatment from liberals who seem more interested in ideological purity tests than beating Donald Trump. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Biden Opposed Quotas in 1975—and He Was Right," 12 Mar. 2019 Elysium Health produces and tests its product according to strict internal standards, including third-party testing for purity and quality. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "Can Elysium Health's Basis Pill Change Your Life?," 26 Dec. 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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purity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of purity

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

purity

noun
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

purity

noun
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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