• WordNet 3.6
    • n purity a woman's virtue or chastity
    • n purity the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
    • n purity being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • n Purity The condition of being pure. "The purity of a linen vesture."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purity The condition or quality of being pure. Freedom from foreign admixture of heterogeneous matter: as, the purity of water, of wine, of spirit; the purity of drugs; the purity of metals.
    • n purity Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt: as, the purity of a garment.
    • n purity Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence: as, purity of heart or life.
    • n purity Freedom from lust, or moral contamination by illicit sexual connection; chastity.
    • n purity Freedom from sinister or improper views; sincerity: as, purity of motives or designs.
    • n purity Freedom from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper words or phrases: as, purity of style or language.
    • n purity Synonyms and Immaculateness, guilelessness, honesty, integrity, virtue, modesty.
    • n purity Purity, Propriety, Precision. As a quality of style, “Purity … relates to three things, viz. the form of words [etymology], the construction of words in continuous discourse [syntax], and the meaning of words and phrases [lexicography].” (A. Phelps, Eng. Style, p. 9.) “Propriety … relates to the signification of language as fixed by usage.” (A. Phelps, Eng. Style, p. 79.) “The offences against the usage of the English language are … improprieties, words or phrases used in a sense not English.” (A. S. Hill, Rhet., p. 19.) “An author's diction is pure when he uses such words only as belong to the idiom of the language, in opposition to words that are foreign, obsolete, newly coined, or without proper authority. … A violation of purity is called a barbarism. … But another question arises. … Is the word used correctly in the sentence in which it occurs? … A writer who fails in this respect offends against propriety.” (J. S. Hart, Comp. and Rhet., pp. 68, 74.) “Precision includes all that is essential to the expression of no more, no less, and no other than the meaning which the writer purposes to express.”
    • n purity In biology, the state or condition, with respect to reproduction, of an organism that is developed from a fertilized egg formed by the union of two identical germ-cells.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purity pūr′i-ti condition of being pure: freedom from mixture of any kind: freedom from sin or defilement: chastity: sincerity: freedom from foreign or improper idioms or words.
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  • Buddha
    “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.”
  • Queen Victoria
    “His purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor, miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy!”
  • Richard Moss
    Richard Moss
    “The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.”
  • Hugh Blair
    Hugh Blair
    “The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “By two wings a man is lifted up from things earthly: by simplicity and purity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. purete, purte, OF. purté, F. pureté, from L. puritas, fr. purus, pure. See Pure


In literature:

I bear witness unto Thy unity, and Thy oneness, and to the sanctity of Thy self and the purity of Thine Essence.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
All should be unspotted love and purity in Christ Jesus.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
But with all his own purity he possessed unbounded charity for others.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
Oh, Joseph, 'tis the flower of purity!
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
Such types of purity, honor, and moral courage were very exceptional during this reign.
"Women of Modern France" by Hugo P. Thieme
In the exquisite simplicity, purity, and tenderness of her young love, she is Romola still.
"The Ethics of George Eliot's Works" by John Crombie Brown
Unless he knows that she loves purity more than him, there is no meaning in his aspiration that he may be found worthy of her.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
He will come to us in purity, and with power to loose the bands of death.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
It is not worth while to raise any questions concerning the purity of Ezekiel's Hebrew, as compared with that of the earlier writers.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
The Sanitary Journal treats of health, purity, and cleanliness, and ought to be read and studied by all.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various

In poetry:

Is He the source of every good,
The spring of purity?
Then in thine hours of deepest woe,
Thy God was still with thee.
"To Cowper" by Anne Bronte
For with that music came the thought
That life's young purity was theirs,
And love, all artless, and untaught,
Breathed in their woodland airs.
"Music:To A Boy Of Four Years Old, On Hearing Him Play The Harp " by Fitz-Greene Halleck
"Ae year, nae mair, in luve an' bliss,
I spent wi' her, whan we were wed,
But luve, an' bliss, an' purity,
An' a' the wife should ha'e, have fled.
"Sheepieknowe: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
No justice I, nor holiness, can boast,
My purity and my perfection lost!
No one can succour, help, or ransom give,
But what from thee, my Saviour! I receive.
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
Beautiful maiden, may never envy
Blanch the sweet roses and dim thy bright eye:
Purity, innocence, God is thy guide,
Angels shall guard and watch by thy side.
"Be Hopeful: IV -- The Resume" by Janet Hamilton
Irishmen! Irishmen! think what is Liberty,
Fountain of all that is valued and dear,
Peace and security, knowledge and purity,
Hope for hereafter and happiness here.
"Ireland’s Vow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Three Problems with Sexual Purity .
Talk of purity puts unequally burdens women and contributes to undeserved shame.
Purity Dairies initiates ice cream recall.
Rebecca St James talks 'sexual purity .
That's a problem, however, when genetic purity is an issue.
Purity Dairies keeps nostalgia with home delivery.
Deflate food- purity claims before they explode.
Purity Pest Control on The Pet Network.
Purity Pest Control, Toronto, Canada, was the subject of a segment on bed bugs and the use of bed bug-detecting canines.
Michael Goldman, CEO of Purity Pest Control, gives a demonstration using Inspector Kody, his ace bed bug-detecting dog.
Purity Ring has been labeled with some of the dumbest genre tags in recent memory.
Purity is prime driver for skincare packaging.
100% natural skincare oils range is designed to reflect the luxury, simplicity, and purity of the Marble Hill brand.
It isn't hard to love Purity Ring.
Purity Ring on Their Long-Distance Songwriting: 'I'm Amazed at How Well It Works'.

In science:

Since Xc is normal and Dn,(c) is regular, then by Zariski’s purity theorem f c : Xc → Dn,(c) is ´etale.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Since u : U → Z c,b is ´etale (by Proposition 8.6), U is normal, and Z c,b is regular (by Theorem 7.2), then by Zariski’s purity theorem u : U → Z c,b is ´etale.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
No selective reflection in a visible range, which is encountered in the lower purity MHPOBC materials, could be detected at any temperature.
General phase diagram for antiferroelectric liquid crystals in dependence on enantiomeric excess
We have tested its performance in LXe and studied its compatibility with the high purity requirement for drifting charges.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
The purity tr{ ˆρ2} monotonously decreases until the Wigner function has been completely leveled by diffusion, containing no information anymore.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments