Definition of purblind in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːblʌɪnd/


1.1Slow or unable to understand; dim-witted: something is fundamentally wrong, as even the most purblind apologists must surely come to recognize
More example sentences
  • Othello, though decently acted by Keith David, needs to be of more heroic stature, more purblind nobility, and, eventually, of more pitiable, poetic grandeur than mere competence can summon.
  • But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency charged with safeguarding the nation's 103 reactors, remained strangely purblind to the threat.
  • Even when you're a purblind dogmatist who wants to shut it down, I guess you've got to at least pay lip service to it, which explains the name.



Pronunciation: /ˈpəːblʌɪndnəs/
Example sentences
  • The devastation of our merchant marine, predicted as long ago as 1905, has happened - not through war, but, rather, official purblindness.
  • There are developmental problems: purblindness, other kinds of developmental problems.
  • In exile, the dissident was not going to let such purblindness happen again.


Middle English (as two words in the sense 'completely blind'): from the adverb pure 'utterly' (later assimilated to pur-) + blind.

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