- An example of pure is what that has not been mixed with anything else.
- An example of pure is a nun who is moral and virtuous.
- free from any adulterant; unmixed: pure maple syrup
- free from anything that taints, impairs, infects, etc.; clear: pure water or air
- simple; mere: pure luck
- utter; absolute; sheer: pure lunacy
- free from defects; perfect; faultless
- free from sin or guilt; blameless
- virgin or chaste
- of unmixed stock; purebred
- restricted to the abstract or theoretical aspects: pure physics
- Bible ceremonially undefiled
- Phonet. articulated without any change in quality and with virtually no movement of the vocal organs; monophthongal: (e) is a pure vowel
Origin of pureMiddle English pur ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin purus, pure ; from Indo-European base an unverified form peu-, an unverified form p?-, to purify, cleanse from source Sanskrit pun?ti, (he) cleanses, Classical Latin putare, to cleanse, Old High German fowen, to sift
- a. Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed: pure oxygen.b. Free of dirt, pollutants, infectious agents, or other unwanted elements: pure water.c. Containing nothing inappropriate or extraneous: a pure style of piano playing.
- Complete; utter: pure folly.
- a. Having no moral failing or guilt: “I felt pure and sweet as a new baby” (Sylvia Plath).b. Chaste; virgin.
- Of unmixed blood or ancestry.
- Genetics Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous: a pure line.
- Music Free from discordant qualities: pure tones.
- Linguistics Articulated with a single unchanging speech sound; monophthongal: a pure vowel.
- Theoretical; not applied: pure science.
- Philosophy Free of empirical elements: pure reason.
Origin of pureMiddle English pur, from Old French, from Latin p&umacron;rus; see peu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative purer or more pure, superlative purest or most pure)
- free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied
- free of foreign material or pollutants
- I. Watts
- A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy.
- I. Watts
- free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean
- of a branch of science, done for its own sake instead of serving another branch of science.
- (phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
- (of sound) Without harmonics or overtones; not harsh or discordant.
(comparative more pure, superlative most pure)
From Middle English pur, from Old French pur, from Latin purus (“clean, free from dirt or filth, unmixed, plain"), from Proto-Indo-European *peu-, *pu- (“to cleanse, purify"). Displaced native Middle English lutter (“pure, clear, sincere") (from Old English hlÅ«tor, hluttor), Middle English skere (“pure, sheer, clear") (from Old English scÇ£re and Old Norse skÇ£r), Middle English schir (“clear, pure") (from Old English scÄ«r), Middle English smete, smeate (“pure, refined") (from Old English smÇ£te; compare Old English mÇ£re (“pure")).