adjective, pur·er, pur·est.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
Origin of pure
Synonyms for pure
Related Words for purereal, perfect, natural, classic, simple, plain, unadulterated, authentic, bright, neat, transparent, true, pristine, wholesome, refined, purified, good, decent, honest, clean
Examples from the Web for pure
Contemporary Examples of pure
What designer West lacks in productivity, he more than makes up for in pure, unadulterated confidence and blind anger.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture
December 23, 2014
Everything else is pure speculation and the promulgation of fear.The Black Panther Bomb Plot in St. Louis That Wasn’t
December 9, 2014
Much of the drama that transpires towards the end of the story is due to the pure love itself, not in spite of it.The Japanese Women Who Love Gay Anime
December 6, 2014
Of course, Sesame Street's songs weren't only educational; from a pure tuneage perspective, the music was pretty kickass.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
By pure chance I had been posted to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, SHAPE, on the outskirts of Paris.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of pure
It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.
A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.
All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.
Often he cursed himself as a wretch for paining that pure and noble heart.
She was like the falling of this starlight, pure, aloof, and strange and gentle.Way of the Lawless
- (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 for pure
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.