pristine
adjective Etymology: Latin pristinus; akin to Latin prior Date: 1534 1. belonging to the earliest period or state ; original <
the hypothetical pristine lunar atmosphere
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2. a. not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted (as by civilization) ; pure <
a pristine forest
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b. fresh and clean as or as if new <
pristine hard-backs in uniform editions to fill our built-in bookcases — Michiko Kakutani
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pristinely adverb

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  • Pristine — (Wien 2008) Pristine ist eine österreichische Alternative Rock Band, die durch Teilnahme am Ö3 Soundcheck und Veröffentlichung ihrer Debütsingle Supernatural im Jahr 2007 bekannt wurde. 2009 musste sich die Band von Pristine in Zealmen umbenennen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pristine — 1. The usual pronunciation now is pris teen, although the stress varies between the two syllables (and is often placed on the second in AmE). 2. The primary meaning of pristine is that present in Latin pristinus which meant ‘ancient, original’ in …   Modern English usage

  • Pristine — Pris tine, a. [L. pristinus, akin to prior: cf. F. pristin. See {Prior}, a.] Belonging to the earliest period or state; original; primitive; primeval; as, the pristine state of innocence; the pristine manners of a people; pristine vigor. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pristine — (adj.) 1530s, pertaining to the earliest period, primitive, ancient, from M.Fr. pristin (fem. pristine), from L. pristinus former, from Old L. pri before (see PRIME (Cf. prime) (adj.)). Meaning unspoiled, untouched, pure is from 1899 (implied in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pristine — [pris′tēn΄, pris′tin; pris tēn′; ] chiefly Brit [ pris′tīn΄] adj. [L pristinus, former < OL pri, before: see PRIME] 1. characteristic of the earliest, or an earlier, period or condition; original ☆ 2. still pure; uncorrupted; unspoiled… …   English World dictionary

  • pristine — index initial, original (initial), primordial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pristine — primeval, primordial, primitive, primal, *primary, prime Analogous words: original, fresh, *new …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pristine — [adj] clean, pure; primeval earliest, early, first, immaculate, intact, natural, original, primal, purified, refined, sanitary, snowy, spotless, stainless, sterile, sterilized, taintless, unadulterated, uncorrupted, undebased, unpolluted,… …   New thesaurus

  • pristine — ► ADJECTIVE 1) in its original condition. 2) clean and fresh as if new. ORIGIN Latin pristinus former …   English terms dictionary

  • pristine — UK [ˈprɪstiːn] / US [ˈprɪˌstɪn] adjective 1) something that is pristine looks very clean, tidy, or new pristine snow/beaches/lawns in pristine condition: The bike was in pristine condition. 2) something that is pristine involves behaviour that is …   English dictionary

  • pristine — pris|tine [ prı,stin ] adjective something that is pristine looks very clean, neat, or new: pristine snow/beaches/lawns in pristine condition: The bike was in pristine condition. a. used about someone whose behavior is very moral: a pristine… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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