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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.


1. (Pathology) partly or nearly blind
2. lacking in insight or understanding; obtuse
[C13: see pure, blind; compare parboil]



1. nearly or partially blind; dim-sighted.
2. deficient in understanding, imagination, or vision.
3. Obs. totally blind.
[1250–1300; Middle English: completely blind; see pure (in obsolete adv. sense), blind]
pur′blind`ly, adv.
pur′blind`ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.purblind - having greatly reduced visionpurblind - having greatly reduced vision  
blind, unsighted - unable to see; "a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision"--Kenneth Jernigan
2.purblind - lacking in insight or discernment; "too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior"; "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin"- Jasper Griffin
undiscerning - lacking discernment


Unwilling or unable to perceive:


[ˈpɜːblaɪnd] ADJcegato (fig) → ciego, falto de comprensión


adj (liter) (lit)halb blind; (fig)blind, borniert, dumm
References in classic literature ?
But the people ye remain for me, even with your virtues, the people with purblind eyes--the people who know not what SPIRIT is!
I believe, had I stayed there very long, I should have become purblind, and that would have been a great misfortune, for I have heard men say that a stone-blind horse was safer to drive than one which had imperfect sight, as it generally makes them very timid.
The one result obtained was the expression of purblind opinion by the authorities of the detective department which pointed to Isabel, or to one of the servants, as the undiscovered thief.
Behind his counter he was a superior being, calmly conscious of special knowledge and worth; outside he was a weak-kneed, purblind, motorman-cursed rambler, with ill-fitting clothes stained with chemicals and smelling of socotrine aloes and valerianate of ammonia.
And so, once more, John fell to work discounting the delightful future: his first appearance in the family pew; his first visit to his uncle Greig, who thought himself so great a financier, and on whose purblind Edinburgh eyes John was to let in the dazzling daylight of the West; and the details in general of that unrivalled transformation scene, in which he was to display to all Edinburgh a portly and successful gentleman in the shoes of the derided fugitive.
When she ceased the auricular impressions from their previous endearments seemed to hustle away into the corner of their brains, repeating themselves as echoes from a time of supremely purblind foolishness.
She was disposed rather to accuse the intolerable narrowness and the purblind conscience of the society around her: and Celia was no longer the eternal cherub, but a thorn in her spirit, a pink-and-white nullifidian, worse than any discouraging presence in the "Pilgrim's Progress." The fad of drawing plans!
As I look back at the endeavor of those days much of it seems mere purblind groping, wilful and wandering.
But, at last I began, in a purblind groping way, to read, write, and cipher, on the very smallest scale.
The purblind day was feebly struggling with the fog when I opened my eyes to encounter those of a dirty-faced little spectre fixed upon me.
Thank 'ee," mumbled vaguely MacWhirr, to whom the view of a distant eventuality could appeal no more than the beauty of a wide landscape to a purblind tourist; and his eyes happening at the moment to be at rest upon the lock of the cabin door, he walked up to it, full of purpose, and began to rattle the handle vigorously, while he observed, in his low, earnest voice, "You can't trust the workmen nowadays.
(23) At once myopic and perspicacious, Tom is mirrored by other characters in the novel: Nadgett, for instance, whose keen observation is concealed by the public perception that he, a "shrinking, purblind, unobservant character" (736), "saw nothing" (683); and also the Eden Settlement agent who appears but briefly, his one blind eye said to be the one that watches (338).