Origin of pristine
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Today the Stanley is in pristine shape after another series of renovations were completed in 2013.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso|Rich Goldstein|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are still places in the sea as pristine as I knew as a child.‘Mission Blue’ Warning: The Ocean Is Not Too Big to Fail|Sylvia A. Earle|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are always examples of degradation, but there are very few examples of ecosystems left that are that pristine.Republicans: Obama’s Ocean Protection Plan Evidence of ‘Imperial Presidency’|Abigail Golden|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beauty is often pristine, Harding says, while the word “gorgeous” contains more the idea of extremes and can include decay.Hello, ‘Gorgeous’: Grit and Glamour In San Francisco|Emily Wilson|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, we would look over a place that on a September day in 1862 became hell on earth, but was now a pristine shrine to the dead.
In it we see what our own planet must have been in its primordial epoch, in the pristine times of terrestrial genesis.Astronomy for Amateurs|Camille Flammarion
The flagrant impossibility of its serving any other purpose, had preserved it in its pristine splendor.The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
In many monastic ruins this recess is still open, and, by a slight effort of imagination, can be restored to its pristine use.The Care of Books|John Willis Clark
Medicine and religion have been closely associated from the most pristine time.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
It was of course the shadow of the Midas statue, which the boys had never permitted to be restored to its pristine state.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for pristine
Word Origin for pristine
Word Origin and History for pristine
1530s, "pertaining to the earliest period, primitive, ancient," from Middle French pristin or directly from Latin pristinus "former, early, original," from Old Latin pri "before" (see prime (adj.)). Meaning "unspoiled, untouched, pure" is from 1899 (implied in a use of pristinely) but according to OED 2nd ed. print still regarded as ignorant "by many educated speakers."