The condition of being pure. Specifically:

Freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; as, the purity of water, of wine, of drugs, of metals.

Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt. "The purity of a linen vesture." .

Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence; chastity; as, purity of heart or of life.

Freedom from any sinister or improper motives or views.

Freedom from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper words or phrases; as, purity of style.

Origin: OE. Purete, purte, OF. Purte, F. Purete, from L. Puritas, fr. Purus pure. See Pure.

(01 Mar 1998)