Definition of purity in US English:

purity

noun

  • 1Freedom from adulteration or contamination.

    ‘the purity of our drinking water’
    • ‘The purity of the cocaine was still being tested by forensic experts at Garda HQ yesterday.’
    • ‘And it is this robustness and purity of fruit that makes Pol Roger such an excellent champagne to lay down.’
    • ‘Order it any kind of way and you'll revel in the sweet, rich, spicy purity of the thing.’
    • ‘The purity of the product is ensured as the entire work is done by the members themselves.’
    • ‘Women folk of the village have to walk uphill and down dale to fetch a pail of water irrespective of its purity or impurity.’
    • ‘This would include such features as varietal purity, appearance and analysis.’
    • ‘Make sure the water you drink is pure; have your drinking water tested for purity and use a good filter.’
    • ‘Now organic living is about purity, wellbeing and more than a little luxury.’
    • ‘Herbs have been used in Europe for a long time, but their products are tested for purity and content.’
    • ‘Similarly Milk in use in the City should be checked for purity and its contents and quantum of water in it.’
    • ‘The best are a welcome change for drinkers - and, with an emphasis on purity, especially for families.’
    • ‘But chemists place great value on purity, and spend much time ridding their products of impurities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These steps were very successful, and the lake's water has retained its purity.’
    • ‘It had that quality which all pharmaceutical products aspire to - purity.’
    cleanness, clearness, clarity, freshness, freedom from adulteration, freedom from contamination, lack of pollution, untaintedness
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    1. 1.1 Freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature.
      ‘white is meant to represent purity and innocence’
      • ‘The colour white symbolizes a lot of things, and one is that it represents purity and innocence.’
      • ‘She currently sat, perched on the step, wearing a pretty pale blue gown looking the picture of innocence and purity.’
      • ‘According to the ancient language of flowers, the Lily represents purity.’
      • ‘He draws science and aliens, nature and mathematics, pagan icons and purity in beauty.’
      • ‘The table might also represent purity and clarity of mind since the white cloth gives the table the aspect of an altar.’
      • ‘They represent purity and genuineness and a wish for health.’
      • ‘Frodo has been chosen as the ring-bearer because of his humble nature and purity of spirit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her image of purity, innocence and kindness fits the traditional Chinese female role.’
      • ‘Aleya turned to me and for a moment I saw once again those sweet eyes of Lucia, that sweet innocence and purity.’
      • ‘Eager to learn from the great man, she hangs on his every word, reminding him of his own faraway innocence and purity of motive.’
      • ‘It is a matter of the innocence, purity, health, and future of such young people.’
      • ‘He has previously courted the religious right with his strong line on homosexuality and sexual 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.’
      • ‘That was the day someone purely evil had tried to rob Kat of her innocence, of her purity.’
      • ‘Both full of this innocence and purity that so many children no longer seem to possess.’
      • ‘By Victorian double standards, virtue in a man implied courage, but in a woman sexual purity.’
      • ‘Notions of sexual purity tend to mean adding to life through subtraction from life.’
      • ‘It is actually blue that has traditionally represented purity, while white represented joy and happiness.’
      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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Origin

Middle English: from Old French purete, later assimilated to late Latin puritas, from Latin purus ‘pure’.

Pronunciation

purity

/ˈpjʊrədi//ˈpyo͝orədē/