adjective, pur·er, pur·est.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
Origin of pure
Synonyms for pure
Related Words for purestreal, perfect, natural, classic, simple, plain, unadulterated, authentic, bright, neat, transparent, true, pristine, wholesome, refined, purified, good, decent, honest, clean
Examples from the Web for purest
Contemporary Examples of purest
Desert Golfing is the distillation of Angry Birds into its purest essence.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
In 2012, he voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, one of the purest excresences of crony capitalism imaginable.After Cochran’s Win: Red-State Socialism Must Be Stopped!
June 27, 2014
The sights and sounds of baseball at its purest signal that the nest in us has prevailed.There is No Stealing in Baseball!
April 13, 2014
Graffiti, at its purest form, is illegal, going out, writing names on rooftops, trains, etc. for the sake of fame.5 Pointz: When Graffiti Was King
November 24, 2013
The simplest and purest emotions that he feels are criminal.Emmys 2013: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes’s Favorite Season 3 Moments
August 21, 2013
Historical Examples of purest
But the purest and best matrons of Greece refuse to be my guests.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They were sick-and so were the purest of their brethren—with the plague of sin.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Faith, in such circumstances, must be of the purest, and may be of the strongest.Weighed and Wanting
To him indeed they all seemed to glow with the purest Christianity.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was democracy, rather than "representative" government, under its purest aspect.The American Mind
- (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.