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IMPURITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impurity mean? 

IMPURITY (noun)
  The noun IMPURITY has 2 senses:

1. worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
2. the condition of being impure

  Familiarity information: IMPURITY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPURITY (noun)


Sense 1impurity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Worthless or dangerous material that should be removed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

dross; impurity

Context example:

there were impurities in the water

Hypernyms ("impurity" is a kind of...):

waste; waste material; waste matter; waste product (any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted)


Sense 2impurity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The condition of being impure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

impureness; impurity

Hypernyms ("impurity" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impurity"):

adulteration; debasement (being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating)

admixture; alloy (the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something)

contamination; taint (the state of being contaminated)

dirtiness (the state of containing dirty impurities)

putridity (the state of being putrid)

pollution (undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities)

Antonym:

purity (being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material)


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