[ pyoor-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.

  1. ceremonial or ritual cleanness.

  2. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.

  3. physical chastity; virginity.

  4. freedom from foreign or inappropriate elements; careful correctness: purity of expression.

  5. Optics. the chroma, saturation, or degree of freedom from white of a given color.

  6. 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

Other words from purity

  • hy·per·pur·i·ty, noun
  • su·per·pu·ri·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for purity


/ (ˈpjʊərɪtɪ) /

  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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