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English adjective: pure

1. pure free of extraneous elements of any kind

SamplesPure air and water.
Pure gold.
Pure primary colors.
The violin's pure and lovely song.
Pure tones.
Pure oxygen.

Similaraxenic, clean, clean, clear, fine, fresh, light, native, plain, pristine, sheer, sublimate, unadulterated, unalloyed, unclouded, uncontaminated, unmingled, unmixed, unpolluted, virginal

See alsoclean, processed

Attributepureness, purity


2. pure without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

SamplesAn arrant fool.
A complete coward.
A consummate fool.
A double-dyed villain.
Gross negligence.
A perfect idiot.
Pure folly.
What a sodding mess.
Stark staring mad.
A thoroughgoing villain.
Utter nonsense.
The unadulterated truth.

Synonymsarrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, sodding, staring, stark, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter



3. pure (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black


Similarintense, vivid


4. pure free from discordant qualities


Antonymsinharmonious, unharmonious

5. pure concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied

SamplesPure science.



6. pure (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless

SamplesI felt pure and sweet as a new baby.
Pure as the driven snow.

Similarimmaculate, undefiled, white

See alsochaste



7. pure in a state of sexual virginity

SamplesPure and vestal modesty.
A spinster or virgin lady.
Men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal.

Synonymsvestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous



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