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The antiquity of my family and the pureness of my Castilian blood!

Singleness of heart is come; pureness of heart is come; joy and gladness is come.

And just such affirmations must be made concerning Lincoln's pureness.

And then he goes on to what he justly calls "the other great Christian virtue, Pureness."

It has the solidity of earth, the pureness of air, the glow of fire, and the clearness of water.

The stillness of the evening and the pureness of the air made a silent accompaniment to Gerda's beautiful voice.

Still more brutalising, still more destructive of every element of pureness and kindness were the gladiatorial games.

Happy here, he's happy after: doing good he's doubly glad:Glad, exceeding happy, when he sees the pureness of his deeds.17.

Pureness is by no means an occasional or intermittent exercise of his judgment or choice.

It is the pureness and the pleasantness that have clustered there; the very walls have drunk these in.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname, and Old English had purlamb "lamb without a blemish"), "unmixed," also "absolutely, entirely," from Old French pur "pure, simple, absolute, unalloyed," figuratively "simple, sheer, mere" (12c.), from Latin purus "clean, clear; unmixed; unadorned; chaste, undefiled," from PIE root *peue- "to purify, cleanse" (cf. Latin putus "clear, pure;" Sanskrit pavate "purifies, cleanses," putah "pure;" Middle Irish ur "fresh, new;" Old High German fowen "to sift").

Replaced Old English hlutor. Meaning "free from moral corruption" is first recorded mid-14c. In reference to bloodlines, attested from late 15c.

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