[ im-pyoor ]
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  1. not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, especially of an inferior or contaminating nature: impure water and air.

  2. modified by admixture, as color.

  1. mixed or combined with something else: an impure style of architecture.

  2. regarded by a religion as unclean, as animals or things.

  3. not morally pure or proper; unchaste or obscene: impure thoughts.

  4. marked by foreign and unsuitable or objectionable elements or characteristics, as a style of art or of literary expression.

Origin of impure

From the Latin word impūrus, dating back to 1530–40. See im-2, pure

Other words for impure

Other words from impure

  • im·pure·ly, adverb
  • im·pure·ness, noun

Words Nearby impure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use impure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impure


/ (ɪmˈpjʊə) /

  1. not pure; combined with something else; tainted or sullied

  2. (in certain religions)

    • (of persons) ritually unclean and as such debarred from certain religious ceremonies

    • (of foodstuffs, vessels, etc) debarred from certain religious uses

  1. (of a colour) mixed with another colour or with black or white

  2. of more than one origin or style, as of architecture or other design

Derived forms of impure

  • impurely, adverb
  • impureness, noun

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