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 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|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His views mirrored theirs, but they were purer, less Boomer-indulgent.
We are trying to build up life, Lady Hunstanton, on a better, truer, purer basis than life rests on here.
No love was ever more innocent or purer than theirs; but none was ever more enthusiastic or more entrancing in thought.A Daughter of Eve|Honore de Balzac
A purer sun appears the heavens to light, and wraps the little bark in radiance bright.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh|William Makepeace Thackeray
It became at once a codified standard of purer religious life and ultimately served as a beacon of light for the future.
The beast tears its victims to death, the tree feeds the worms; is not a tree, therefore, purer than a beast?The Story of My Mind|M. M. Mangasarian
The purer the motive the purer the Will, and in very truth the purer the stronger, or firmer.The Mystic Will|Charles Godfrey Leland
- (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.