adjective, pur·er, pur·est.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
Origin of pure
Synonyms for pure
Examples from the Web for pureness
Historical Examples of pureness
The antiquity of my family and the pureness of my Castilian blood!Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Singleness of heart is come; pureness of heart is come; joy and gladness is come.George Fox
And just such affirmations must be made concerning Lincoln's pureness.Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;
Clark S. Beardslee
And then he goes on to what he justly calls "the other great Christian virtue, Pureness."Matthew Arnold
G. W. E. Russell
It has the solidity of earth, the pureness of air, the glow of fire, and the clearness of water.
- (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.