adjective, pur·er, pur·est.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
- purchasing agent,
- purchasing power,
- pure absence,
- pure and simple,
- pure as the driven snow,
- pure culture,
- pure democracy
Origin of pure
Examples from the Web for 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|Amy Zimmerman|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everything else is pure speculation and the promulgation of fear.The Black Panther Bomb Plot in St. Louis That Wasn’t|Justin Glawe|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Much of the drama that transpires towards the end of the story is due to the pure love itself, not in spite of it.
Of course, Sesame Street's songs weren't only educational; from a pure tuneage perspective, the music was pretty kickass.
By pure chance I had been posted to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, SHAPE, on the outskirts of Paris.
Now that the storm was over, it was a pure and innocent happiness to be with him.The White Sister|F. Marion Crawford
I tell you she is pure as those above—but there is his blood upon my hands.The Star-Gazers|George Manville Fenn
Good sense, a respectable education, and a pure heart, are the great requisitions.The Young Maiden|A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
The Court was pure; the persons of the Sovereign and her Consort profoundly respected.The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)|Charles C. F. Greville
Sister Shriner is boiling over with railing toward God's pure little ones.Birth of a Reformation|Andrew Byers
- (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.