American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.
- adj. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull: "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin” ( Jasper Griffin).
- adj. Obsolete Completely blind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Quite blind; entirely blind.
- Nearly blind; dim-sighted; seeing dimly or obscurely.
- adj. Partially blind.
- adj. Near-sighted or dim-sighted.
- adj. Lacking in discernment or understanding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wholly blind.
- adj. Nearsighted, or dim-sighted; seeing obscurely
- adj. having greatly reduced vision
- adj. lacking in insight or discernment
- Middle English pur blind, totally blind, nearsighted : pur, pure; see pure + blind, blind; see blind. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But suppose Franz-Josef, or the imbeciles who compose his cabinet, got wind of it - he's the kind of purblind ass who would take it as a sure sign that all Hungary's out for his blood, and he'd act according, orderin 'arrests, repressions, perhaps even executions, or some such folly!”
“It can only be explained as expressing a kind of purblind inertia.”
“On the contrary, his purblind economic policy mix -- coupling a spending binge with deep tax cuts -- helped dig America into a deep fiscal hole.”
“As the wheezing, purblind, quasi-survivor of the palsied medium of the weekly newsmagazine, Time's deathbed achievement was outlasting Newsweek, its ancient foe, which opted for accidental suicide by dispensing with news altogether and imagining that commercially adequate numbers of people would pay for a glossy magazine composed of the boring opinions of undistinguished commentators.”
“What we don't know rolling in those fields of April chamomile, between those dry-stone-walls of youth, holding one another's bodies like purblind puppies in a cardboard box;”
“Purely in business terms, purely as a textbook study in management ineptitude and purblind public relations, the great shambles of Wapping takes some beating.”
“No one I met fulminated about loss of economic sovereignty or that S&P, whose purblind approval of junk mortgage debt as triple A was one of the causes of the financial crisis, had finally over-reached itself.”
“The ECB's purblind refusal to reveal anything about the trip, as if it involved some top-secret military manoeuvres rather than just some abseiling and hiking, has goaded the media into a suspicious reaction.”
“Clooney isn't purblind when it comes to affairs of state; he's expressed his leanings over the years and personally knows President Barack Obama.”
“And there were benefits even for the purblind Americans:”
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