- 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 purest
Desert Golfing is the distillation of Angry Birds into its purest essence.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
In 2012, he voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, one of the purest excresences of crony capitalism imaginable.After Cochran’s Win: Red-State Socialism Must Be Stopped!
June 27, 2014
The sights and sounds of baseball at its purest signal that the nest in us has prevailed.There is No Stealing in Baseball!
April 13, 2014
Graffiti, at its purest form, is illegal, going out, writing names on rooftops, trains, etc. for the sake of fame.5 Pointz: When Graffiti Was King
November 24, 2013
The simplest and purest emotions that he feels are criminal.Emmys 2013: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes’s Favorite Season 3 Moments
August 21, 2013
But the purest and best matrons of Greece refuse to be my guests.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They were sick-and so were the purest of their brethren—with the plague of sin.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Faith, in such circumstances, must be of the purest, and may be of the strongest.Weighed and Wanting
To him indeed they all seemed to glow with the purest Christianity.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was democracy, rather than "representative" government, under its purest aspect.The American Mind
- 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 purest
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.