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 Lavender is commonly associated with purity, devotion, serenity, and calmness. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Facts About Lavender That Will Make You Love this Fragrant Herb Even More," 10 July 2020 In the Catholic church, priests wore gloves to signify purity. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zach Braff and more stars remember Broadway actor Nick Cordero: "What a light"," 6 July 2020 But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Devastating': Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zach Braff react to Broadway star Nick Cordero's coronavirus death," 6 July 2020 In the first example, white represents purity and morality. Aradhna Krishna, The Conversation, "How did ‘white’ become a metaphor for all things good?," 6 July 2020 Mazda gave the roadster the tech to work but kept out anything that might dilute the purity of the experience. Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The Nineties," 3 July 2020 For many Democrats, defeating Trump trumps ideological purity. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Will Bernie Sanders’ backers get behind Biden? Key endorsement vote will be a sign," 1 July 2020 Hegar warns against the purity tests that some Democrats have with former members of the GOP. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Senate hopeful MJ Hegar banking on suburban women to carry her to victory against Royce West, John Cornyn," 30 June 2020

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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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The first known use of purity was in the 13th century

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18 Jul 2020

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“Purity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purity. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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