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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words 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, form *(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


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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)”