[ pyoor ]
/ pyʊər /
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adjective, pur·er, pur·est.
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.
- containing only one characteristic for a trait.
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Origin of pure
1250–1300; Middle English pur<Old French <Latin pūrus clean, unmixed, plain, pure
synonym study for pure
1. See clean.
OTHER WORDS FROM pure
pureness, nounhy·per·pure, adjectivehy·per·pure·ly, adverbhy·per·pure·ness, noun
su·per·pure, adjectiveun·pure, adjectiveun·pure·ly, adverbun·pure·ness, noun
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How to use pure in a sentence
"But they are savages, these unpure Martians," the boy cried.Futuria Fantasia, Spring 1940|Various
British Dictionary definitions for pure
/ (pjʊə) /
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
Derived forms of purepureness, noun
Word Origin for pure
C13: from Old French pur, from Latin pūrus unstained
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Medical definitions for pure
[ pyur ]
Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed.
Free from adulterants or impurities.
Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous.
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