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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



From Proto-Balto-Slavic *skīstas, *skaistas, from Proto-Indo-European *skidtos (by Winter's law), *skoydtos, from *(s)keyd-.

Cognate with Lithuanian skýstas (thin) and/or skáistas (beautiful, pretty), Latvian šķîsts (thin, clear, clean) and Old Prussian skijstan (pure).



  1. clean, pure
    *čistъ [otъ] (with genitive)free from something
    *čistъ grěxa, čistъ otъ grěxafree from guilt
    *do čistacompletely, utterly
    *čista vodaclear, transparent, uncontaminated water
    *čisto neboclear sky, sunny, without clouds
    *čisto zoltopure gold
    *čisto sьrebropure silver
    *čista pravьdaevident, obvious truth
    *čisto sьrdьcepure heart, innocent heart
    *čisto poljeopen field
    *čistъ pǫtьclear path


Accent paradigm a.

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  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*čìstъ”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 90: “adj. o (a) ‘clean, pure’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001), “čistъ čista čisto”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “a (SA 23, 123, 188, 199; PR 133; MP 22)”