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Pureness


PU'RENESS, noun Clearness; an unmixed state; separation or freedom from any heterogeneous or foreign matter; as the pureness of water or other liquor; the pureness of a metal; the pureness of marl or clay; the pureness of air.

1. Freedom from moral turpitude or guilt.

May we evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living.

2. Simplicity; freedom from mixture or composition.

An essence eternal and spiritual, of absolute pureness and simplicity.

3. Freedom from vicious or improper words, phrases or modes of speech; as pureness of style.

Pure villenage, in the feudal law, is a tenure of lands by uncertain services at the will of the lord; opposed to privileged villenage.