Word of the Day – Pristine

By January 1, 2020 Word of the Day

Pristine (adj)


In its original condition; unspoilt.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘original, former, primitive and undeveloped’): from Latin pristinus ‘former’. The senses ‘unspoilt’ and ‘spotless’ date from the 1920s.

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“That’s what I love about New Years’, a new, pristine year, with no mistakes in it..”

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