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 In Western culture, the color white is associated with purity, safety, and goodness. Anne Quito, Quartz, 24 Sep. 2021 She was meant to exude sensuality but practice purity, a common theme for female stars of that generation, including Jessica Simpson, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon. Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 That means that delta-8 THC products are almost all unregulated—which means there’s no guarantee of product safety, purity, or integrity. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 29 June 2021 All of that would suggest genre purity, a by-the-numbers letting of blood. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Already, sabotage targeted Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz during the talks as Tehran has begun enriching a small amount of uranium up to 60 percent purity, which edges the country closer to weapons-grade levels. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2021 So what is the significance of uranium’s purity, which is at the heart of the accord that negotiators are trying to rescue? New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 For more than a century, Britain transposed its own ideas of racial purity, comportment, language, society, and culture, systematically dissolving and criminalizing ways of life enjoyed by Black people in Trinidad and Tobago. Amanda Choo Quan, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Apr. 2021 Clearly the goal is to retain purity of steering feel and keep vehicle weight as low as possible. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Purity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purity. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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