- free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.
- unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous.
- of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog.
- free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek.
- clear; free from blemishes: pure skin.
- (of literary style) straightforward; unaffected.
- abstract or theoretical (opposed to applied): pure science.
- without any discordant quality; clear and true: pure tones in music.
- absolute; utter; sheer: to sing for pure joy.
- being that and nothing else; mere: a pure accident.
- clean, spotless, or unsullied: pure hands.
- untainted with evil; innocent: pure in heart.
- physically chaste; virgin.
- ceremonially or ritually clean.
- free of or without guilt; guiltless.
- independent of sense or experience: pure knowledge.
- Biology, Genetics.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
- Phonetics. monophthongal.
Origin of pure
Synonyms for pure
Related Words for purerreal, perfect, natural, classic, simple, plain, unadulterated, authentic, bright, neat, transparent, true, pristine, wholesome, refined, purified, good, decent, honest, clean
Examples from the Web for purer
Contemporary Examples of purer
I call them Hyperserials: shows with a purer, more intense focus on one linear, series-long plotline.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant
April 14, 2014
His views mirrored theirs, but they were purer, less Boomer-indulgent.River Phoenix’s Fatal Halloween, 20 Years On
October 31, 2013
We are trying to build up life, Lady Hunstanton, on a better, truer, purer basis than life rests on here.Wilde Ride
January 3, 2013
Historical Examples of purer
The religious conceptions of an earlier and purer time have disappeared.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
I don't think it is worse than Ottawa, but the air is purer here.A Woman Intervenes
We are the pioneers and founders of a new Britain, of a stronger and purer life!Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Now which is the purer satisfaction—that of eating and drinking, or that of knowledge?The Republic
You are nobler than I am, and stronger, far stronger, and purer and braver.The Christian
- not mixed with any extraneous or dissimilar materials, elements, etcpure nitrogen
- free from tainting or polluting matter; clean; wholesomepure water
- free from moral taint or defilementpure love
- (prenominal) (intensifier)pure stupidity; a pure coincidence
- (of a subject, etc) studied in its theoretical aspects rather than for its practical applicationspure mathematics; pure science Compare applied
- (of a vowel) pronounced with more or less unvarying quality without any glide; monophthongal
- (of a consonant) not accompanied by another consonant
- of supposedly unmixed racial descent
- genetics biology breeding true for one or more characteristics; homozygous
- (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.
- Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed.
- Free from adulterants or impurities.
- Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous.