November 26, 2011
pristine (adjective)
\PRISS-teen\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: being fresh and clean
How do you use it?
Grandmother's wedding dress was in pristine condition, crisp and clean even after 50 years in a box in the dusty attic.
Are you a word wiz?

Our writers have tried to trick you by using "pristine" incorrectly in one of the following sentences. Which sentence uses "pristine" improperly?

It's fresh. It's clean. And it's an adjective. Remembering that will help you recognize that sentence A is the one that uses "pristine" incorrectly. In that sentence, the word is used as a verb. "Pristine" usually means "fresh" or "unspoiled," but since the 1500s the adjective has also been used as a synonym of "original."
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