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First element related to pure, Old French pur, or to Old French pur-, second element to blind


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɜː(ɹ)blaɪnd/


purblind (comparative more purblind, superlative most purblind)

  1. Partially blind.
  2. Near-sighted or dim-sighted.
  3. Lacking in discernment or understanding.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part V: “The Merchant Princes”, chapter 16, page 180, ¶ 9
      [“]You had another of your vacillating consultations with your councillors. Fine advisers.” With infinite scorn, “A herd of palsied purblind idiots hugging their sterile profits close to their sunken chests in the face of my father’s displeasure.”
    • 2002, John Waller, The Discovery of the Germ Introduction, page 4, ¶ 2
      Finally, between 1880 and 1900, an explosive burst of experimental activity at last drove home the truth of germ theory to all but the most purblind of critics.


  • (lacking in discernment or understanding): obtuse