Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In breeders' language, a pure-bred animal; an animal the ancestors of which have not been crossed with those of another breed.
“Borrowing lines from Johnny and others, I said, “I am a pure-blood witch, a caster of spells, an element master, and ringer of bells.””
“Kal, was the sharpshooter of the team, and was a pure-blood sakshan, with an impressive battery of combat-related headmetal.”
“Good Gods, most people from the rest of the world can hardly tell the groups apart and, with the way the winds of history — and population drift — have been going for the past few millennia, I doubt there are many utterly pure-blood Chinese, Koreans or Japanese around anyway!”
“Rowling makes a strong link between the evil of Voldemort and the Death Eaters and the belief in pure-blood superiority.”
“Thus, when Draco's belief in pure-blood superiority is challenged by Hermione's obvious intelligence, he finds reasons to invalidate her accomplishments (e.g., she sucks up to the teachers or she studies so much because she is too ugly to have friends).”
“Is the depiction of Draco's steadfast racism realistically drawn, especially in the face of consistent evidence against pure-blood superiority?”
“Similarly, the Weasleys, Sirius, and all members of the Order clearly reject the notion of half-blood inferioritydespite the scorn and disgust such a stance engenders from the pure-blood racists who surround them.”
“Draco's imperviosness in the first six books (and arguably the seventh too) to any information that contradicts his deeply held conviction of pure-blood superiority is consistent with cognitive dissonance theory, which holds that people experience emotional discomfort when their attitudes are challenged and tend to try to eliminate this discomfort by discounting the challenging information, rather than engaging in the more difficult task of changing their belief system to accommodate it.”
“These so-called mestizos made up a rapidly growing socioeconomic class that, for the most part, were considered inferior by pure-blood Spaniards.”
“Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom and Draco Malfoy are pure-blood wizards - with WW ancestors over many generations.”
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