- the state or quality of being impure
- pl. -·ties
- an impure thing or element
- something, as foreign matter or a pollutant, that renders something else impure
Origin of impurityOld French impurité from Classical Latin impuritas
- The quality or condition of being impure, especially:a. Contamination or pollution.b. Lack of consistency or homogeneity; adulteration.c. A state of immorality; sin.
- Something that renders something else impure; an inferior component or additive.
- The condition of being impure; because of contamination, pollution, adulteration or insufficient purification.
- Even animals in the Jewish system cause impurity only when they are dead.
- A component or additive that renders something else impure.
- The impurities in the iron ore made extraction of the iron very difficult.
- A state of immorality or sin; especially the weakness of the flesh: inchastity.
- With his cheating, lying and stealing, he epitomised the impurity of humanity.
impure + -ity. From Middle French impurité.