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Definition of "purity" []

  • The quality or condition of being pure. (noun)
  • A quantitative assessment of homogeneity or uniformity. (noun)
  • Freedom from sin or guilt; innocence; chastity: "Teach your children . . . the belief in purity of body, mind and soul” ( Emmeline Pankhurst). (noun)
  • The absence in speech or writing of slang or other elements deemed inappropriate to good style. (noun)
  • The degree to which a color is free from being mixed with other colors. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "purity" in a sentence
  • ""About the year 1639, the New-English reformers, considering that their churches enjoyed the other ordinances of Heaven in their scriptural purity were willing that the 'The singing of Psalms' should be restored among them unto a share of that _purity_."
  • "Leave aside for a moment the critics who recoil at the symbols, the patriarchy, the very use of the term purity, with its shadow of stains and stigma."
  • "This is an additional moral dimension, which he calls purity/sanctity."