[pur-dee] /ˈpɜr di/ noun 1. James, 1914–2009, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
[pyoo r] /pyʊər/ adjective, purer, purest. 1. free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water. 2. unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous. 3. of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog. 4. free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek. 5. […]
- Pure absence
pure absence n. See simple absence.
- Pure and simple
No more and no less, plainly so, as in This so-called educational video is really a game, pure and simple. This expression is very nearly redundant, since pure and simple here mean “plain” and “unadorned.” Oscar Wilde played on it in The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” […]