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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Those harmonies, delivered in lush purity and wrenchingly emotional, make good songs better and make better songs great. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Zac Brown Band gets Blossom’s summer concert season off to a rousing start," 15 June 2019 In Gilead, Handmaids are fertile women who have somehow violated the government’s religious purity laws. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Kylie Jenner Handmaid’s Tale controversy is part of a larger story," 12 June 2019 Mr Thanathorn’s political purity terrifies the establishment. The Economist, "The leader of the Thai junta tortures the rules to remain in power," 8 June 2019 Sectarians may find too little purity for their tastes, what with a flappy paddle gearbox and LDVI's electronic safety net. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Lamborghini Huracán Evo is actually proof of intelligent design," 7 June 2019 The purity level of fentanyl seized at land border crossings, by comparison, is generally less than 10% pure. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Drug traffickers’ favorite way to move fentanyl is FedEx and USPS," 30 May 2019 Our vision was a Scandinavian summer home mixed with the minimalist and purity of the Shaker aesthetic. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Goop's New Nantucket Store Looks Like the Ideal Summer Home," 28 May 2019 But in terms of purity and crush strength, Wisconsin’s sand is hard to beat. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 Most of his later ones, though, show his pursuit of a formal purity far from Broadway. New York Times, "Jerome Robbins, Ballet’s Mr. ‘Take It Easy, Baby,’ at 100," 27 Apr. 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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