Purity

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Etymology

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

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Definition

  • 1 : the quality or state of being (or becoming) pure

Pure

Etymology

Middle English pur, from Anglo-French, from Latin purus; akin to Old High German fowen to sift, Sanskrit punāti he cleanses, Middle Irish úr fresh, new

Definitions

  • 1 a (1) : unmixed with any other matter <pure gold> (2) : free from dust, dirt, or taint <pure springwater> (3) : spotless, stainless
b : free from harshness or roughness and being in tune —used of a musical tone c of a vowel : characterized by no appreciable alteration of articulation during utterance
  • 2 a : being thus and no other : sheer, unmitigated <pure folly>
b (1) : abstract, theoretical <pure research> (2) : a priori <pure mechanics>
c : not directed toward exposition of reality or solution of practical problems <pure literature>
d : being nonobjective and to be appraised on formal and technical qualities only <pure form>
  • 3 a (1) : free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes (2) : containing nothing that does not properly belong
b : free from moral fault or guilt
c : marked by chastity : continent
d (1) : of pure blood and unmixed ancestry (2) : homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characters
e : ritually clean
  • 4 : having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role <a pure shooter in basketball>