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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For Adam Green, co-founder of the PCCC, there is no Medicare for all purity test. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Medicare for all is new Democratic mantra in congressional races," 9 July 2018 From Jacquemus, Loewe, and Ann Demeulemeester comes an aesthetic revival for the purity, craft, and romanticism of the countryside. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 The artist absorbs an element from their muse that has nothing to do with words, just the purity of their essence. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taylor Swift Interviews Rock ’n’ Roll Icon Pattie Boyd on Songwriting, Beatlemania, & the Power of Being a Muse," 10 July 2018 The waning months of the Republican primary campaign in 2016 devolved into a contest between Trump and the purity of conservative doctrine. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 July 2018 Collections firms whose contracts were not renewed during the DeWine years were skeptical about the political purity of the contracting process. James Mcnair, Cincinnati.com, "Mike DeWine contributors get big contracts from Ohio Attorney General's Office," 25 June 2018 Other roles have plenty of their own challenges, with Elza van den Heever portraying purity and femininity as Chrysothemis amid Strauss’ orchestral maelstrom. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 'Elektra' at the Met proves it: NYC really, really likes him," 2 Mar. 2018 Another is Labdoor, a startup founded in 2012 in San Francisco, which ranks various supplements on a 100-point scale for label accuracy, purity, nutritional value, efficacy, and safety. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 There’s a purity to Shinnecock Hills, set beside the Peconic Bay and among the old money estates about 100 miles east of Manhattan. Ron Green Jr., charlotteobserver, "5 storylines for the U.S. Open as ‘brutal’ Shinnecock Hills awaits," 13 June 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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