pu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce purity (audio) \

Definition of purity

1 : the quality or state of being pure

Examples of purity in a Sentence

struggling to live a life of purity while surrounded by wickedness
Recent Examples on the Web Ivory Soap packaging famously, and relentlessly, touts the attributes of purity and buoyancy. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 24 Sep. 2022 There was an elemental purity about the man whom Crown officers believed the greatest incendiary in the king’s dominion. Stacy Schiff, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 In Hindu culture, pearls were associated with the moon, symbolizing wisdom and purity. Rachel Garrahan, Vogue, 17 Sep. 2022 White lilacs represent purity and innocence, while purple lilacs symbolize spirituality. Jenny Krane, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2022 In addition, Caltrans said that an Aug. 13 fire came within 330 feet — dangerously close — to two high purity oxygen plants that are used for EBMUD’s wastewater treatment process. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Aug. 2022 Imagine a society without drivers license tests, without FDA tests of food purity and drug safety, without tests of would-be airplane pilots, without tests of new weapons as well as new ways of detecting and measuring pollution. Jonathan Wai, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Named for Pierre Magnol, a 17th century French botanist, the tree's gorgeous flowers are said to represent nobility and purity. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 15 Aug. 2022 On the court, Russell played basketball with supreme purity, an emphasis on defense and rebounding as the means to winning. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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29 Sep 2022

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“Purity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purity. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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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


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: the quality or state of being pure

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