Definition of purity in English:



mass noun
  • 1Freedom from adulteration or contamination.

    ‘the purity of our drinking water’
    • ‘Women folk of the village have to walk uphill and down dale to fetch a pail of water irrespective of its purity or impurity.’
    • ‘And it is this robustness and purity of fruit that makes Pol Roger such an excellent champagne to lay down.’
    • ‘Herbs have been used in Europe for a long time, but their products are tested for purity and content.’
    • ‘But chemists place great value on purity, and spend much time ridding their products of impurities.’
    • ‘The best are a welcome change for drinkers - and, with an emphasis on purity, especially for families.’
    • ‘Make sure the water you drink is pure; have your drinking water tested for purity and use a good filter.’
    • ‘The purity of the cocaine was still being tested by forensic experts at Garda HQ yesterday.’
    • ‘Given the high purity, Gardaí said it could be worth three times that when cut down with the mixing agent.’
    • ‘In fact not only was it a lower colour and purity, but it had been enhanced by laser drilling to remove impurities.’
    • ‘It had that quality which all pharmaceutical products aspire to - purity.’
    • ‘Now organic living is about purity, wellbeing and more than a little luxury.’
    • ‘This would include such features as varietal purity, appearance and analysis.’
    • ‘Order it any kind of way and you'll revel in the sweet, rich, spicy purity of the thing.’
    • ‘Similarly Milk in use in the City should be checked for purity and its contents and quantum of water in it.’
    • ‘The purity of the product is ensured as the entire work is done by the members themselves.’
    • ‘These steps were very successful, and the lake's water has retained its purity.’
    cleanness, clearness, clarity, freshness, freedom from adulteration, freedom from contamination, lack of pollution, untaintedness
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  • 2Freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature.

    ‘white roses represent purity and innocence’
    • ‘He has previously courted the religious right with his strong line on homosexuality and sexual purity.’
    • ‘It is a matter of the innocence, purity, health, and future of such young people.’
    • ‘Notions of sexual purity tend to mean adding to life through subtraction from life.’
    • ‘Frodo has been chosen as the ring-bearer because of his humble nature and purity of spirit.’
    • ‘Both full of this innocence and purity that so many children no longer seem to possess.’
    • ‘The table might also represent purity and clarity of mind since the white cloth gives the table the aspect of an altar.’
    • ‘In its vitality, harmony and purity of form, this art is profoundly close to nature.’
    • ‘Salt, because of its preservative quality, represented purity and incorruptibility.’
    • ‘That was the day someone purely evil had tried to rob Kat of her innocence, of her purity.’
    • ‘Her image of purity, innocence and kindness fits the traditional Chinese female role.’
    • ‘By Victorian double standards, virtue in a man implied courage, but in a woman sexual purity.’
    • ‘According to the ancient language of flowers, the Lily represents purity.’
    • ‘The yogi was eventually won over by the purity and innocence of Guru Angad and asked the Guru if there was anything that he could do for him.’
    • ‘They represent purity and genuineness and a wish for health.’
    • ‘It is actually blue that has traditionally represented purity, while white represented joy and happiness.’
    • ‘The colour white symbolizes a lot of things, and one is that it represents purity and innocence.’
    • ‘Eager to learn from the great man, she hangs on his every word, reminding him of his own faraway innocence and purity of motive.’
    • ‘She currently sat, perched on the step, wearing a pretty pale blue gown looking the picture of innocence and purity.’
    • ‘He draws science and aliens, nature and mathematics, pagan icons and purity in beauty.’
    • ‘Aleya turned to me and for a moment I saw once again those sweet eyes of Lucia, that sweet innocence and purity.’
    virtue, virtuousness, lack of corruption, morality, goodness, righteousness, rectitude, saintliness, piety, honour, honesty, integrity, uprightness, decency, worthiness, nobility of soul, nobility of spirit, ethicality
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Middle English: from Old French purete, later assimilated to late Latin puritas, from Latin purus ‘pure’.