[pyoo r-i-tee]


Nearby words

  1. puritan ethic,
  2. puritan spoon,
  3. puritanical,
  4. puritanism,
  5. puritans,
  6. purkinje cell,
  7. purkinje fiber,
  8. purkinje layer,
  9. purkinje shift,
  10. purkinje's figures

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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British Dictionary definitions for purity



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
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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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