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Jun 8, 2016
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ingenuous
specious
purblind
feisty
officious

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purblind

PRONUNCIATION:
(PUHR-blynd)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Partially blind.
2. Lacking in understanding, insight, or vision.

ETYMOLOGY:
From pure + blind, meaning completely blind. Over time, the sense shifted to partially blind. Earliest documented use: 1300.

USAGE:
“Robots themselves cannot see very well. And people are understandably wary of purblind contraptions bumping into them willy-nilly in the street or at home.”
Eye Robot; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 23, 2010.

“The Administration had wanted to arm, and a purblind Congress wouldn’t vote the money.”
Upton Sinclair; A World to Win; Viking; 1946.

See more usage examples of purblind in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools. -Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist (8 Jun 1903-1987)

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