purity

noun

pu·​ri·​ty ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce purity (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being pure
2

Example Sentences

struggling to live a life of purity while surrounded by wickedness
Recent Examples on the Web In these communities, the Bible is interpreted literally, with rigid gender roles and customs that favor purity over all else. Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2023 Now, rather than accepting that some of the time output is error-prone or contains AI hallucinations, the public only wants purity and won’t stand for anything less. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The product's purity and quality should also be taken into account. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2023 His instrumental command and dazzling virtuosity were matched by his sublime taste, remarkable purity of tone and his ability to pull off seemingly impossible instrumental feats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Jan. 2023 Gold should have a purity standard of 99.95%, while other metals should be 99.99%. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 Republicans, like conservatives the world over, have traditionally tended to favor pragmatism over purity. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2023 The Ottoman artist chose to depict the prophet’s purity through the use of white fabrics, and his entire being as touched by the light of God via the large flaming nimbus that encircles his body. Christiane Gruber, The Conversation, 9 Jan. 2023 The Biden administration has also spent less time on jurisprudential purity than Trump did, with no outside figures playing the same role in the Biden White House that Federalist Society executive Leonard Leo did for the Trump White House. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English purete, from Anglo-French purité, from Late Latin puritat-, puritas, from Latin purus pure

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Purity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purity. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

purity

noun
pu·​ri·​ty ˈpyu̇r-ət-ē How to pronounce purity (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being pure : freedom from impurities
2
: freedom from guilt or sin

Medical Definition

purity

noun
pu·​ri·​ty ˈpyu̇r-ət-ē How to pronounce purity (audio)
: the quality or state of being pure

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