[ UK /pjˈɔː/ ]
[ US /ˈpjʊɹ/ ]
  1. free of extraneous elements of any kind
    pure primary colors
    the violin's pure and lovely song
    pure gold
    pure air and water
    pure tones
    pure oxygen
  2. (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black
  3. concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied
    pure science
  4. free from discordant qualities
  5. (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless
    pure as the driven snow
    I felt pure and sweet as a new baby
  6. in a state of sexual virginity
    men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal
    a spinster or virgin lady
    pure and vestal modesty
  7. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    a thoroughgoing villain
    utter nonsense
    a perfect idiot
    what a sodding mess
    pure folly
    the unadulterated truth
    stark staring mad
    a consummate fool
    gross negligence
    an arrant fool
    a complete coward
    a double-dyed villain
    a thorough nuisance
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How To Use pure In A Sentence

  • The pouring of pure water scented with jasmine oil washes away worries.
  • Jim had hustled over quietly and begun to help out with the horseshoeing, expecting ridicule from the likes of Hugh Glass or old Zeke Williams, who had just arrived at the rendezvous, but, to his surprise, the fact that he was married to a woman of such pure fire produced the very opposite of the effect he had feared. The Berrybender Narratives
  • These cattle are one of the purest breeds in Britain.
  • Wet meadows between rock outcrops include grasses, sedges, mosses, pitcher plant Saracenia purpurea, sundew Drosera sp. and purple fringed orchid Habenaria psycodes. Gros Morne National Park, Canada
  • Distilled in the old Irish tradition this pure pot still single malt whiskey uses only the most natural Irish ingredients of barley and fresh spring water.
  • This has purely been a casual meeting in the street.
  • Your brand of beer, the artwork on your walls, your choice of dog - a pure-bred poodle as opposed to a mutt - are all potential status details.
  • After all, the impulse for political grandstanding is not purely an American one … Soft, Geeky Power
  •  Thin capitalisation - offshore jurisdictions tend not to impose \ "thin capitalisation\" rules on companies (except for regulated entities such as banks and insurance companies), allowing them to be formed with a purely nominal equity investment. Recently Uploaded Slideshows
  • They decided to close the museum purely and simply because it cost too much to run.
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