[pyoo r] /pyʊər/
adjective, purer, purest.
free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter:
pure gold; pure water.
unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous.
of unmixed descent or ancestry:
a pure breed of dog.
free from foreign or inappropriate elements:
pure Attic Greek.
clear; free from blemishes:
(of literary style) straightforward; unaffected.
abstract or theoretical (opposed to ):
without any discordant quality; clear and true:
pure tones in music.
absolute; utter; sheer:
to sing for pure joy.
being that and nothing else; mere:
a pure accident.
clean, spotless, or unsullied:
untainted with evil; innocent:
pure in heart.
physically chaste; virgin.
ceremonially or ritually clean.
free of or without guilt; guiltless.
independent of sense or experience:
not mixed with any extraneous or dissimilar materials, elements, etc: pure nitrogen
free from tainting or polluting matter; clean; wholesome: pure water
free from moral taint or defilement: pure love
(prenominal) (intensifier): pure stupidity, a pure coincidence
(of a subject, etc) studied in its theoretical aspects rather than for its practical applications: pure mathematics, pure science Compare applied
(of a vowel) pronounced with more or less unvarying quality without any glide; monophthongal
(of a consonant) not accompanied by another consonant
of supposedly unmixed racial descent
(genetics, biology) breeding true for one or more characteristics; homozygous
c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname, and Old English had purlamb “lamb without a blemish”), “unmixed,” also “absolutely, entirely,” from Old French pur “pure, simple, absolute, unalloyed,” figuratively “simple, sheer, mere” (12c.), from Latin purus “clean, clear; unmixed; unadorned; chaste, undefiled,” from PIE root *peue- “to purify, cleanse” (cf. Latin putus “clear, pure;” Sanskrit pavate “purifies, cleanses,” putah “pure;” Middle Irish ur “fresh, new;” Old High German fowen “to sift”).
Replaced Old English hlutor. Meaning “free from moral corruption” is first recorded mid-14c. In reference to bloodlines, attested from late 15c.
adj. pur·er, pur·est
- 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.” […]
- Pure as the driven snow
Morally unsullied, chaste, as in She’s just sixteen and pure as the driven snow. This simile dates from the late 1500s, although driven, which means “carried by the wind into drifts,” was occasionally omitted. It is heard less often today.
[pyoo r-bluhd] /ˈpyʊərˌblʌd/ noun 1. an individual, especially an animal, whose ancestry consists of a single strain or type unmixed with any other. adjective, Also, pureblooded, pure-blooded 2. of or relating to a pureblood. 3. (def 1). adj. 1851, from pure blood (n.), attested from 1751 in reference to breeding, from pure (adj.) + blood […]