[pyoo r-i-tee]
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  1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water.
  2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
  3. ceremonial or ritual cleanness.
  4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
  5. physical chastity; virginity.
  6. freedom from foreign or inappropriate elements; careful correctness: purity of expression.
  7. Optics. the chroma, saturation, or degree of freedom from white of a given color.
  8. cleanness or spotlessness, as of garments.

Origin of purity

1175–1225; < Late Latin pūritās (see pure, -ity); replacing Middle English pur(e)te < Anglo-French < Late Latin, as above
Related formshy·per·pur·i·ty, nounsu·per·pu·ri·ty, noun
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Historical Examples of purity

  • 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

    George MacDonald

  • It lay in its purity on a chair at the foot of Dirk's bed on Sabbath morning.

  • Her purity, her goodness, all that which resembled her in Nature, returned to her and saved her.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The whole door was resplendent in the purity of intense cold.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for purity


  1. the state or quality of being pure
  2. physics a measure of the amount of a single-frequency colour in a mixture of spectral and achromatic colours
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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.)).

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