One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having impaired or defective vision; partially blind.visually impaired, unsighted, sightless, visionless, unseeing, stone blind, eyelessView synonyms
- 1.1 Slow or unable to understand; dim-witted.‘something is fundamentally wrong, as even the most purblind apologists must surely come to recognize’
- ‘Even when you're a purblind dogmatist who wants to shut it down, I guess you've got to at least pay lip service to it, which explains the name.’
- ‘He was probably unsuited to the intricate problems he faced, as temperamentally - and despite being purblind - he was a fighting general not a diplomat.’
- ‘The only defeat owed more to a purblind referee than any deficiencies in our play.’
- ‘To suggest that objectors to speed humps are a minority with bees in their bonnets is both purblind and arrogant.’
- ‘We do not set out to blame all bikers for being daredevils on two wheels who ride far too fast; we do not set out to accuse all car drivers of being purblind occupiers of lethal tin boxes.’
- ‘But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency charged with safeguarding the nation's 103 reactors, remained strangely purblind to the threat.’
- ‘Wrecked roofs lie smashed in, as if they'd come underfoot of a Leviathan; whole houses, gutted and disemboweled by mindlessly purblind Minenwerfer projectiles.’
- ‘There's the purblind betrayal of stern poetics.’
- ‘Well, you'd either have to be living in a box, congenitally purblind or maintaining yourself in a state of wilful self-delusion not to spot it.’
- ‘That said, I cannot begin to assess the damage to British music that will ensue from the coming year's purblind promotion of a composer who failed so insistently to observe the rules of his craft.’
- ‘It is fascinating to play someone so purblind to the consequences of what he is doing and so convinced of his own abilities.’
- ‘Babichev, who personifies the purblind utopianism of the Communist regime, cuts a truly grotesque figure as the votary of social planning, epitomized in his quest for the perfect mass-produced sausage.’
- ‘Instead he is faced with fake holymen peddling religious enmity and the purblind nouveau riche materialism of his family who bypass the country's problems in their smart new cars.’
- ‘Othello, though decently acted by Keith David, needs to be of more heroic stature, more purblind nobility, and, eventually, of more pitiable, poetic grandeur than mere competence can summon.’
- ‘But is not the use of the cultural Other as a catalyst for one's own transcendent function a selfish, purblind appropriation, acting, against rather than for, crosscultural understanding?’
- ‘Only the purblind could believe that the Test programme has not been grotesquely over-extended.’
- ‘Yet the claims made by the two administrations were the result of distortion of intelligence findings, not their purblind acceptance by idealistic politicians.’
- ‘Western politicians' fears represented wise caution in dealing with a revisionist power, not merely purblind class interest as Carley would have us believe.’
- ‘As a stylist, Rothbart is terse but not flippant, displaying a genuine compassion for his purblind characters.’
- ‘The wolves gather again the following day, a few suspecting the hero is purblind to all but his own ambitions, caught up as he is in the hysteria of his last days.’
- 1.1 Slow or unable to understand; dim-witted.
Middle English (as two words in the sense ‘completely blind’): from the adverb pure ‘utterly’ (later assimilated to pur-) + blind.
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