- 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 pureness
The antiquity of my family and the pureness of my Castilian blood!Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Singleness of heart is come; pureness of heart is come; joy and gladness is come.George Fox
And just such affirmations must be made concerning Lincoln's pureness.Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;
Clark S. Beardslee
And then he goes on to what he justly calls "the other great Christian virtue, Pureness."Matthew Arnold
G. W. E. Russell
It has the solidity of earth, the pureness of air, the glow of fire, and the clearness of water.
- 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 pureness
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.