[pyoo r-i-tee]


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

  • Justice was administered between man and man with an exactness and purity not before known.

  • He felt himself caught up for a moment into the purity of her eyes, and looking into them he came close to her.

    The Dull Miss Archinard

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • History has proved the impossibility of its retaining its purity for half a century.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • Was not Emerson, so far as purity of life is concerned, the equal of any true believer?

  • Surely, I thought, no suppression of their growth can be essential to their loveliness and truth and purity!


    George MacDonald

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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