pure Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective free of extraneous elements of any kind
- pure air and water
- pure gold
- pure primary colors
- the violin's pure and lovely song
- pure tones
- pure oxygen
adjective satellite without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
perfect; double-dyed; complete; gross; arrant; unadulterated; sodding; stark; consummate; utter; thoroughgoing; everlasting; staring.
- an 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
adjective (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black
adjective satellite free from discordant qualities
adjective satellite concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied
- pure science
adjective (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless
- I felt pure and sweet as a new baby"- Sylvia Plath
- pure as the driven snow
adjective satellite in a state of sexual virginity
virginal; virgin; vestal; virtuous.
- pure and vestal modesty
- a spinster or virgin lady
- men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal
(Fine Arts) A draught or model from which to build; especially, one of the full size of the work to be done; a detailed drawing.
Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, purewater; pureclay; pureair; purecompassion.
The pure fetters on his shins great. Chaucer.
A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy. I. Watts.
Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; -- applied to persons."Keep thyself pure." 1 Tim. v. 22.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience. 1 Tim. i. 5.
Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; -- applied to things and actions."Pure religion and impartial laws." Tickell. "The pure, fine talk of Rome." Ascham.
Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records. Macaulay.
(Script.) Ritually clean; fitted for holy services.
Thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord. Lev. xxiv. 6.
(Phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants. Syn. -- Unmixed; clear; simple; real; true; genuine; unadulterated; uncorrupted; unsullied; untarnished; unstained; stainless; clean; fair; unspotted; spotless; incorrupt; chaste; unpolluted; undefiled; immaculate; innocent; guiltless; guileless; holy.