- the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water.
- freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
- ceremonial or ritual cleanness.
- freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
- physical chastity; virginity.
- freedom from foreign or inappropriate elements; careful correctness: purity of expression.
- Optics. the chroma, saturation, or degree of freedom from white of a given color.
- cleanness or spotlessness, as of garments.
Origin of purity
Examples from the Web for purities
We let puritan writers write about the purities of this ordinary man.A Chesterton Calendar
G. K. Chesterton
Take me out into this new white world that has been born to-day of the ten purities and the ten thousand felicities!The Slayer Of souls
There are purities so intense that, like fire, they burn those who would handle them, however tenderly.In the Wilderness
- the state or quality of being pure
- physics a measure of the amount of a single-frequency colour in a mixture of spectral and achromatic colours
Word Origin and History for purities
c.1200, from Old French purete "simple truth," earlier purte (12c., Modern French pureté), from Late Latin puritatem (nominative puritas) "cleanness, pureness," from Latin purus "clean, pure, unmixed; chaste, undefiled" (see pure (adj.)).