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pure   WordNet 2.0

- not mixed
"pure oxygen"

 
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- in a state of sexual virginity
"pure and vestal modesty"
"a spinster or virgin lady"
"men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"

 
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- (of color) being chromatically pure

- not diluted with white or gray or black

 
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- concerned with theory and data rather than practice

- opposed to applied
"pure science"

 
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- free from discordant qualities

 
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- 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"

 
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- 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"

 
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Pure   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, pure water; pure clay; pure air; pure compassion.

"The pure fetters on his shins great." -- Chaucer.

"A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy." -- I. Watts.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. (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.

5. (Phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.

Pure-impure
completely or totally impure. "The inhabitants were pure-impure pagans." Fuller.

Pure blue
(Chem.) See Methylene blue, under Methylene.

Pure chemistry
See under Chemistry.

Pure mathematics
that portion of mathematics which treats of the principles of the science, or contradistinction to applied mathematics, which treats of the application of the principles to the investigation of other branches of knowledge, or to the practical wants of life. See Mathematics. Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. )

Pure villenage
(Feudal Law), a tenure of lands by uncertain services at the will of the lord. Blackstone.

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.

 
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