purity: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pyoor'i-tē), [key]
— n.
  1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water.
  2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
  3. ceremonial or ritual cleanness.
  4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
  5. physical chastity; virginity.
  6. freedom from foreign or inappropriate elements; careful correctness: purity of expression.
  7. the chroma, saturation, or degree of freedom from white of a given color.
  8. cleanness or spotlessness, as of garments.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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