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impure

[ im-pyoor ]
/ ɪmˈpyʊər /
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adjective
not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, especially of an inferior or contaminating nature: impure water and air.
modified by admixture, as color.
mixed or combined with something else: an impure style of architecture.
regarded by a religion as unclean, as animals or things.
not morally pure or proper; unchaste or obscene: impure thoughts.
marked by foreign and unsuitable or objectionable elements or characteristics, as a style of art or of literary expression.
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Origin of impure

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

OTHER WORDS FROM impure

im·pure·ly, adverbim·pure·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for impure

impure
/ (ɪmˈpjʊə) /

adjective
not pure; combined with something else; tainted or sullied
(in certain religions)
  1. (of persons) ritually unclean and as such debarred from certain religious ceremonies
  2. (of foodstuffs, vessels, etc) debarred from certain religious uses
(of a colour) mixed with another colour or with black or white
of more than one origin or style, as of architecture or other design

Derived forms of impure

impurely, adverbimpureness, noun
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