cleanness

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Old English clǣnnes, corresponding to clean +‎ -ness.

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cleanness ‎(usually uncountable, plural cleannesses)

  1. Moral purity; innocence.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter vj, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVI:
      Certes sayd the good man that is sothe / for he shalle be the best knyghte of the world and the fairest of alle the felauship / But wete yow wel there shall none atteyne it but by clennes that is pure confession
  2. The state of being physically clean and free of contamination or dirt; cleanliness.

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