pure

[ pyoor ]
/ pyʊər /
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adjective, pur·er, pur·est.

Origin of pure

1250–1300; Middle English pur < Old French < Latin pūrus clean, unmixed, plain, pure
Related forms

Synonym study

1. See clean.
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British Dictionary definitions for pure

pure

/ (pjʊə) /

adjective

Derived Formspureness, noun

Word Origin for pure

C13: from Old French pur, from Latin pūrus unstained
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Word Origin and History for pure

pure


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for pure

pure

[ pyur ]

adj.

Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed.
Free from adulterants or impurities.
Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous.
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