- 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 purity
The family also believed that inbreeding was central to both preserving the family fortune and ensuring “purity of blood.”Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Wilson explained that, unlike some of the other forms of early religion, Pauline Christianity had been based on purity.Is ‘The Lost Gospel’ Book a Fraud?
November 12, 2014
I don’t think that happened in the ‘90s and the ‘80s and I wonder if there’s a purity to that that I envy sometimes.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star
October 31, 2014
Will it strive for purity or aim for as big a tent as possible?Populists Go Down in Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party
September 10, 2014
But it certainly has something to sell: a sense of security and a particular vision of purity.Are Water Filters B.S.?
August 19, 2014
The purity and disinterestedness of their conduct should be made apparent.
The world's notions of purity are simply childish—because it is not itself pure.Weighed and Wanting
It lay in its purity on a chair at the foot of Dirk's bed on Sabbath morning.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Her purity, her goodness, all that which resembled her in Nature, returned to her and saved her.
The whole door was resplendent in the purity of intense cold.
- 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 purity
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.)).