Purity Pu"ri*ty, n. [OE. purete, purte, OF. purt['e], F. puret['e], from L. puritas, fr. purus pure. See {Pure}.] The condition of being pure. Specifically: (a) freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; as, the purity of water, of wine, of drugs, of metals. (b) Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt. ``The purity of a linen vesture.'' --Holyday. (c) Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence; chastity; as, purity of heart or of life. (d) Freedom from any sinister or improper motives or views. (e) Freedom from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper words or phrases; as, purity of style. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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