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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pure mean? 

PURE (adjective)
  The adjective PURE has 7 senses:

1. free of extraneous elements of any kind
2. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
3. concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied
4. (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black
5. free from discordant qualities
6. (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless
7. in a state of sexual virginity

  Familiarity information: PURE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PURE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Free of extraneous elements of any kind

Context examples:

pure air and water / pure gold / pure primary colors / the violin's pure and lovely song / pure tones / pure oxygen

Similar:

virginal (untouched or undefiled)

uncontaminated; unpolluted (free from admixture with noxious elements; clean)

unalloyed (free from admixture)

unadulterated (not mixed with impurities)

purified; refined; sublimate (made pure)

pristine (completely free from dirt or contamination)

plain; sheer; unmingled; unmixed (not mixed with extraneous elements)

native (as found in nature in the elemental form)

fine (free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity)

clean; clear; light; unclouded ((of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims)

clean; fresh (free from impurities)

axenic (used of cultures of microorganisms; not contaminated by or completely free of the presence of other organisms)

Also:

clean (ritually clean or pure)

processed (prepared or converted from a natural state by subjecting to a special process)

Attribute:

pureness; purity (being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material)

Antonym:

impure (combined with extraneous elements)


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Meaning:

Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Synonyms:

utter; sodding; double-dyed; arrant; staring; everlasting; perfect; pure; unadulterated; thoroughgoing; consummate; stark; complete; gross

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unmitigated (not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier)


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Meaning:

Concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied

Context example:

pure science

Similar:

theoretical (concerned with theories rather than their practical applications)


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Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

saturated; pure

Similar:

intense; vivid ((of color) having the highest saturation)


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Meaning:

Free from discordant qualities

Similar:

harmonious (musically pleasing)


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Meaning:

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

Context examples:

I felt pure and sweet as a new baby / pure as the driven snow

Similar:

white (free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied)

immaculate; undefiled (free from stain or blemish)

Also:

chaste (morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse))

Attribute:

morality (concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct)

Antonym:

impure ((used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene)


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Meaning:

In a state of sexual virginity

Synonyms:

vestal; virgin; virtuous; virginal; pure

Context examples:

pure and vestal modesty / a spinster or virgin lady / men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal

Similar:

chaste (morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse))


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