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1. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.
2. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull: "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin" (Jasper Griffin).
3. Obsolete Completely blind.

[Middle English pur blind, totally blind, nearsighted : pur, pure; see pure + blind, blind; see blind.]

pur′blind′ly adv.
pur′blind′ness n.


the state of being purblind


adj (liter) (lit)Halbblindheit; (fig)Blindheit f, → Borniertheit f, → Dummheit f
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If Turkey's vision on the East is seen as a threat for the West, then this is called purblindness.
Lothian redeemed himself later by admitting his purblindness and, as ambassador to the United States, helping to persuade President Roosevelt and the American congress to support Britain's war effort with Lend Lease.
Both of us preferred the human form in painting and sculpture to abstract expressionism (but not designer shirts), and we had fun weighing some of the doctors we knew on the scale of purblindness.