pristine


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pris·tine

 (prĭs′tēn′, prĭ-stēn′)
adj.
1.
a. Remaining in a pure state, without human alteration: a pristine stream.
b. Remaining free from dirt or decay; clean: pristine mountain snow.
2. Of, relating to, or typical of the earliest time or condition; primitive or original.

[Latin prīstinus; see per in Indo-European roots.]

pris·tine′ly adv.

pristine

(ˈprɪstaɪn; -tiːn)
adj
1. of or involving the earliest period, state, etc; original
2. pure; uncorrupted
3. fresh, clean, and unspoiled: his pristine new car.
[C15: from Latin pristinus primitive; related to prīmus first, prime]
Usage: The use of pristine to mean fresh, clean, and unspoiled is considered by some people to be incorrect

pris•tine

(ˈprɪs tin, prɪˈstin; esp. Brit. ˈprɪs taɪn)

adj.
1. having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
2. of or pertaining to the earliest period or state.
[1525–35; < Latin pristinus early; akin to prīmus first, prime]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pristine - completely free from dirt or contamination; "pristine mountain snow"
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
2.pristine - immaculately clean and unused; "handed her his pristine white handkerchief"
clean - free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"

pristine

Translations

pristine

[ˈprɪstaɪn] ADJprístino

pristine

[ˈprɪstaɪn ˈprɪstiːn] adj [snow, beach] → immaculé(e)
pristine white → d'un blanc immaculé
in pristine condition → à l'état neuf

pristine

adj (= in unspoilt state) beautyunberührt, ursprünglich; conditiontadellos, makellos; (= original)urtümlich, ursprünglich

pristine

[ˈprɪstaɪn] adj (unspoiled) → immacolato/a, puro/a; (original) → originario/a
References in classic literature ?
In spite of a new suit of clothes, whose pristine folds refused to adapt themselves entirely to the contour of his figure, he was somewhat subdued by the unexpected elegance of the drawing-room of Christie's host.
It was a curious, and, as some people thought, an ominous fact, that, very soon after the workmen began their operations, the spring of water, above mentioned, entirely lost the deliciousness of its pristine quality.
At that epoch of pristine simplicity, however, matters of even slighter public interest, and of far less intrinsic weight than the welfare of Hester and her child, were strangely mixed up with the deliberations of legislators and acts of state.
Know, then, innocent eastern friend, that in benighted regions of the west, where the mud is of unfathomable and sublime depth, roads are made of round rough logs, arranged transversely side by side, and coated over in their pristine freshness with earth, turf, and whatsoever may come to hand, and then the rejoicing native calleth it a road, and straightway essayeth to ride thereupon.
Mythology is the crop which the Old World bore before its soil was exhausted, before the fancy and imagination were affected with blight; and which it still bears, wherever its pristine vigor is unabated.
And so, as I am not and, so far as one can judge, cannot be enchanted, she it is that is enchanted, that is smitten, that is altered, changed, and transformed; in her have my enemies revenged themselves upon me, and for her shall I live in ceaseless tears, until I see her in her pristine state.
And the separation is essential to the preservation of that institution in its pristine purity.
In the general intellectual decay they still preserved their pristine clearness and strength of understanding.
But, by degrees, watch-chains, necklaces, parti-colored scarfs, embroidered bodices, velvet vests, elegantly worked stockings, striped gaiters, and silver buckles for the shoes, all disappeared; and Gaspard Caderousse, unable to appear abroad in his pristine splendor, had given up any further participation in the pomps and vanities, both for himself and wife, although a bitter feeling of envious discontent filled his mind as the sound of mirth and merry music from the joyous revellers reached even the miserable hostelry to which he still clung, more for the shelter than the profit it afforded.
But would it be possible," inquired her cousin, "to restore this dark picture to its pristine hues?
The great elevation of these plains, and the dryness of the atmosphere, will tend to retain these immense regions in a state of pristine wildness.
Moreover the Hunsdens, once rich, were still independent; and report affirmed that Yorke bade fair, by his success in business, to restore to pristine prosperity the partially decayed fortunes of his house.