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1. The quality or condition of being pure: the purity of the drug.
2. Freedom from spiritual or moral defilement; innocence or chastity: "Teach your children ... the belief in purity of body, mind and soul" (Emmeline Pankhurst).
3. The degree to which a color is free from being mixed with other colors.


1. the state or quality of being pure
2. (Colours) physics a measure of the amount of a single-frequency colour in a mixture of spectral and achromatic colours
3. (General Physics) physics a measure of the amount of a single-frequency colour in a mixture of spectral and achromatic colours


(ˈpyʊər ɪ ti)

1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that contaminates, pollutes, etc.
2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
3. cleanness.
4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
5. freedom from foreign or inappropriate elements; careful correctness: purity of expression.
6. the chroma, saturation, or degree of freedom from white of a given color.



See Also: VIRTUE

  1. Incapable of taint as gold of rust —Aeschylus
  2. Pure and white as Rainier’s snows —Slogan, Mills flour
  3. Pure as a salamander in the flames or wool among the brambles —Miguel de Cervantes
  4. (I’m as) pure as driven slush —Tallulah Bankhead
  5. Pure as snow —William Shakespeare
  6. (I had grown) pure as the dawn and the dew —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  7. Pure as the mountain air —Slogan, D. L. Clark candy
  8. Pure as the sun —Stephen Vincent Benet
  9. Pure in thought as angels —Samuel Rogers
  10. She was as pure as snow and she drifted —Anon blurb for book, New York Times Book Review, November 2, 1986
  11. Unblemished as the cloudless sky —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  12. Untouched as a nun —Wallace Stegner

    A variation on the same theme: “Pure as a nun” from Margaret Drabble’s novel, The Waterfall

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purity - being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
plainness - the state of being unmixed with other material; "the plainness of vanilla ice cream"
impureness, impurity - the condition of being impure
2.purity - the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
cleanness - without moral defects
3.purity - a woman's virtue or chastity
sexual morality, chastity, virtue - morality with respect to sexual relations



1. The condition of being clean and free of contaminants:
2. The condition of being chaste:
نَقاء، نَقاوَه، صَفاء، خُلوص، طَهارَه


[ˈpjʊərɪtɪ] Npureza f


[ˈpjʊərɪti] n
[air, water] → pureté f
(= chasteness) [woman, girl] → pureté f


nReinheit f; (of motives)Lauterkeit f (geh), → Ehrlichkeit f


[ˈpjʊərɪtɪ] npurezza


(ˈpjuə) adjective
1. not mixed with anything especially dirty or less valuable. pure gold.
2. clean, especially morally. pure thoughts.
3. complete; absolute. a pure accident.
4. (of sounds) clear; keeping in tune. She sang in a high pure tone.
ˈpurely adverb
ˈpureness noun
ˈpurity noun
ˈpurify (-fai) verb
to make pure. What is the best way to purify the air?
ˌpurifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
ˌpure-ˈblooded adjective
of unmixed race. a pure-blooded Englishman.
ˌpure-ˈbred adjective
(of animals) of unmixed breed; thoroughbred. a pure-bred Arab horse.
pure and simple
(used after a noun) nothing but. It was an accident pure and simple.
References in classic literature ?
In the height of the mountains which surround it, and in artificial accessories, it is inferior to the finest of the Swiss and Italian lakes, while in outline and purity of water it is fully their equal; and in the number and disposition of its isles and islets much superior to them all together.
A gold-headed cane, of rare Oriental wood, added materially to the high respectability of his aspect, as did also a neckcloth of the utmost snowy purity, and the conscientious polish of his boots.
Therefore, so far as his duties would permit, he trod in the shadowy by-paths, and thus kept himself simple and childlike, coming forth, when occasion was, with a freshness, and fragrance, and dewy purity of thought, which, as many people said, affected them like tile speech of an angel.
It stands on a knoll, surrounded by locust, trees and lofty elms, from among which its decent, whitewashed walls shine modestly forth, like Christian purity beaming through the shades of retirement.
I was a little late on the scene, and I felt, as he stood wistfully looking out for me before the door of the inn at which the coach had put him down, that I had seen him, on the instant, without and within, in the great glow of freshness, the same positive fragrance of purity, in which I had, from the first moment, seen his little sister.
Clare's mother had been a woman of uncommon elevation and purity of character, and he gave to his child his mother's name, fondly fancying that she would prove a reproduction of her image.
A most noble benignity and purity reposed in the counte- nance of him they called Sir Galahad, and likewise in the king's also; and there was majesty and greatness in the giant frame and high bearing of Sir Launcelot of the Lake.
But every now and then, through the stern gateways around us we caught a view of some neighboring majestic dome, sheathed with glittering ice, and displaying its white purity at an elevation compared to which ours was groveling and plebeian, and this spectacle always chained one's interest and admiration at once, and made him forget there was anything ugly in the world.
He who sells my sister, for purposes of prostitution, stands forth as the pi- ous advocate of purity.
Assured of the love of such a womanthe disinterested love, for Jane Fairfax's character vouches for her disinterestedness; every thing in his favour, equality of situationI mean, as far as regards society, and all the habits and manners that are important; equality in every point but one and that one, since the purity of her heart is not to be doubted, such as must increase his felicity, for it will be his to bestow the only advantages she wants.
The purity of her life, the formality of her notions, her ignorance of the world--every thing was against me.
I smelt the rich scent of the heating spices; and admired the shining kitchen utensils, the polished clock, decked in holly, the silver mugs ranged on a tray ready to be filled with mulled ale for supper; and above all, the speckless purity of my particular care - the scoured and well-swept floor.