1. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, pure water; pure clay; pure air; pure compassion. "The pure fetters on his shins great." (Chaucer) "A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy." (I. Watts)
2. Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; applied to persons. "Keep thyself pure." "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience." (1 Tim. I. 5)
3. Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; applied to things and actions. "Pure religion and impartial laws." . "The pure, fine talk of Rome." . "Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records." (Macaulay)
Synonyms: Unmixed, clear, simple, real, true, genuine, unadulterated, uncorrupted, unsullied, untarnished, unstained, stainless, clean, fair, unspotted, spotless, incorrupt, chaste, unpolluted, undefiled, immaculate, innocent, guiltless, guileless, holy.
Origin: OE. Pur, F. Pur, fr. L. Purus; akin to putus pure, clear, putare to clean, trim, prune, set in order, settle, reckon, consider, think, Skr. P to clean, and perh. E. Fire. Cf. Putative.
(01 Mar 1998)
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