Definition of purblind in English:



  • 1literary Having impaired or defective vision; partially blind.

    visually impaired, unsighted, sightless, visionless, unseeing, stone blind, eyeless
    1. 1.1Slow or unable to understand; dim-witted.
      ‘something is fundamentally wrong, as even the most purblind apologists must surely come to recognize’
      • ‘Othello, though decently acted by Keith David, needs to be of more heroic stature, more purblind nobility, and, eventually, of more pitiable, poetic grandeur than mere competence can summon.’
      • ‘But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency charged with safeguarding the nation's 103 reactors, remained strangely purblind to the threat.’
      • ‘Even when you're a purblind dogmatist who wants to shut it down, I guess you've got to at least pay lip service to it, which explains the name.’
      • ‘He was probably unsuited to the intricate problems he faced, as temperamentally - and despite being purblind - he was a fighting general not a diplomat.’
      • ‘That said, I cannot begin to assess the damage to British music that will ensue from the coming year's purblind promotion of a composer who failed so insistently to observe the rules of his craft.’
      • ‘The wolves gather again the following day, a few suspecting the hero is purblind to all but his own ambitions, caught up as he is in the hysteria of his last days.’
      • ‘The only defeat owed more to a purblind referee than any deficiencies in our play.’
      • ‘There's the purblind betrayal of stern poetics.’
      • ‘Instead he is faced with fake holymen peddling religious enmity and the purblind nouveau riche materialism of his family who bypass the country's problems in their smart new cars.’
      • ‘Western politicians' fears represented wise caution in dealing with a revisionist power, not merely purblind class interest as Carley would have us believe.’
      • ‘It is fascinating to play someone so purblind to the consequences of what he is doing and so convinced of his own abilities.’
      • ‘But is not the use of the cultural Other as a catalyst for one's own transcendent function a selfish, purblind appropriation, acting, against rather than for, crosscultural understanding?’
      • ‘Babichev, who personifies the purblind utopianism of the Communist regime, cuts a truly grotesque figure as the votary of social planning, epitomized in his quest for the perfect mass-produced sausage.’
      • ‘To suggest that objectors to speed humps are a minority with bees in their bonnets is both purblind and arrogant.’
      • ‘Only the purblind could believe that the Test programme has not been grotesquely over-extended.’
      • ‘As a stylist, Rothbart is terse but not flippant, displaying a genuine compassion for his purblind characters.’
      • ‘Well, you'd either have to be living in a box, congenitally purblind or maintaining yourself in a state of wilful self-delusion not to spot it.’
      • ‘We do not set out to blame all bikers for being daredevils on two wheels who ride far too fast; we do not set out to accuse all car drivers of being purblind occupiers of lethal tin boxes.’
      • ‘Yet the claims made by the two administrations were the result of distortion of intelligence findings, not their purblind acceptance by idealistic politicians.’


Middle English (as two words in the sense ‘completely blind’): from the adverb pure‘utterly’ (later assimilated to pur-) + blind.