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pure  (pyr)
adj. pur·er, pur·est
1. Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed: pure oxygen.
2. Free from adulterants or impurities: pure chocolate.
3. Free of dirt, defilement, or pollution: A memory without blot or contamination must be . . . an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment (Charlotte Bront?).
4. Free of foreign elements.
5. Containing nothing inappropriate or extraneous: a pure literary style.
6. Complete; utter: pure folly.
7. Having no faults; sinless: I felt pure and sweet as a new baby (Sylvia Plath).
8. Chaste; virgin.
9. Of unmixed blood or ancestry.
10. Genetics Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous: a pure line.
11. Music Free from discordant qualities: pure tones.
12. Linguistics Articulated with a single unchanging speech sound; monophthongal: a pure vowel.
13. Theoretical: pure science.
14. Philosophy Free of empirical elements: pure reason.

[Middle English pur, from Old French, from Latin prus; see peu- in Indo-European roots.]

purely adv.
pureness n.
Synonyms: pure, absolute, sheer2, simple, unadulterated
These adjectives mean free of extraneous elements: pure gold; absolute oxygen; sheer alcohol; a simple substance; unadulterated coffee.


pure  /pyr/  adj. purer, purest 1 clean, not dirty or polluted: People must have pure water to drink. 2 not mixed with other things: The dress is made of pure cotton. 3 total, complete: It was pure luck that he found money lying on the street. 4 free from badness, sin, or evil: He thinks pure thoughts about blue skies and mountain lakes. -n. [U] purity. pure

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