- free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.
- unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous.
- of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog.
- free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek.
- clear; free from blemishes: pure skin.
- (of literary style) straightforward; unaffected.
- abstract or theoretical (opposed to applied): pure science.
- without any discordant quality; clear and true: pure tones in music.
- absolute; utter; sheer: to sing for pure joy.
- being that and nothing else; mere: a pure accident.
- clean, spotless, or unsullied: pure hands.
- untainted with evil; innocent: pure in heart.
- physically chaste; virgin.
- ceremonially or ritually clean.
- free of or without guilt; guiltless.
- independent of sense or experience: pure knowledge.
- Biology, Genetics.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
- Phonetics. monophthongal.
Origin of pure
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Examples from the Web for pure
What designer West lacks in productivity, he more than makes up for in pure, unadulterated confidence and blind anger.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture
December 23, 2014
Everything else is pure speculation and the promulgation of fear.The Black Panther Bomb Plot in St. Louis That Wasn’t
December 9, 2014
Much of the drama that transpires towards the end of the story is due to the pure love itself, not in spite of it.The Japanese Women Who Love Gay Anime
December 6, 2014
Of course, Sesame Street's songs weren't only educational; from a pure tuneage perspective, the music was pretty kickass.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
By pure chance I had been posted to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, SHAPE, on the outskirts of Paris.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.
A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.
All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.
Often he cursed himself as a wretch for paining that pure and noble heart.
What a joy it was to get away from stuffy courts of justice into the pure Warwickshire air.Viviette
William J. Locke
- not mixed with any extraneous or dissimilar materials, elements, etcpure nitrogen
- free from tainting or polluting matter; clean; wholesomepure water
- free from moral taint or defilementpure love
- (prenominal) (intensifier)pure stupidity; a pure coincidence
- (of a subject, etc) studied in its theoretical aspects rather than for its practical applicationspure mathematics; pure science Compare applied
- (of a vowel) pronounced with more or less unvarying quality without any glide; monophthongal
- (of a consonant) not accompanied by another consonant
- of supposedly unmixed racial descent
- genetics biology breeding true for one or more characteristics; homozygous
- (of a sound) composed of a single frequency without overtones
- (of intervals in the system of just intonation) mathematically accurate in respect to the ratio of one frequency to another
Word Origin and History for pure
c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname, and Old English had purlamb "lamb without a blemish"), "unmixed," also "absolutely, entirely," from Old French pur "pure, simple, absolute, unalloyed," figuratively "simple, sheer, mere" (12c.), from Latin purus "clean, clear; unmixed; unadorned; chaste, undefiled," from PIE root *peue- "to purify, cleanse" (cf. Latin putus "clear, pure;" Sanskrit pavate "purifies, cleanses," putah "pure;" Middle Irish ur "fresh, new;" Old High German fowen "to sift").
Replaced Old English hlutor. Meaning "free from moral corruption" is first recorded mid-14c. In reference to bloodlines, attested from late 15c.
- Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed.
- Free from adulterants or impurities.
- Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous.