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3 definitions found
 for pure
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pure \Pure\, a. [Compar. Purer; superl. Purest.] [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.]
     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.
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              The pure fetters on his shins great.  --Chaucer.
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              A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy. --I.
                                                    Watts.
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     2. Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent;
        guileless; chaste; -- applied to persons. "Keep thyself
        pure." --1 Tim. v. 22.
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              Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a
              pure heart, and of a good conscience. --1 Tim. i. 5.
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     3. Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or
        pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; -- applied to things and
        actions. "Pure religion and impartial laws." --Tickell.
        "The pure, fine talk of Rome." --Ascham.
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              Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure
              as any that ancient or modern history records.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     4. (Script.) Ritually clean; fitted for holy services.
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              Thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon
              the pure table before the Lord.       --Lev. xxiv.
                                                    6.
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     5. (Phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of
        some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
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     Pure-impure, completely or totally impure. "The inhabitants
        were pure-impure pagans." --Fuller.
  
     Pure blue. (Chem.) See Methylene blue, under Methylene.
        
  
     Pure chemistry. See under Chemistry.
  
     Pure mathematics, that portion of mathematics which treats
        of the principles of the science, or contradistinction to
        applied mathematics, which treats of the application of
        the principles to the investigation of other branches of
        knowledge, or to the practical wants of life. See
        Mathematics. --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. )
  
     Pure villenage (Feudal Law), a tenure of lands by uncertain
        services at the will of the lord. --Blackstone.
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     Syn: 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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pure
      adj 1: free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and
             water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's
             pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen" [ant:
             impure]
      2: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative)
         intensifiers; "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" [syn: arrant(a),
         complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a),
         everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a),
         sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a),
         utter(a), unadulterated]
      3: (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white
         or grey or black [syn: saturated, pure] [ant:
         unsaturated]
      4: free from discordant qualities
      5: concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed
         to applied; "pure science"
      6: (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless; "I
         felt pure and sweet as a new baby"- Sylvia Plath; "pure as
         the driven snow" [ant: impure]
      7: in a state of sexual virginity; "pure and vestal modesty"; "a
         spinster or virgin lady"; "men have decreed that their women
         must be pure and virginal" [syn: pure, vestal, virgin,
         virginal, virtuous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  365 Moby Thesaurus words for "pure":
     Attic, Christian, Christlike, Christly, Ciceronian, God-fearing,
     Spartan, above suspicion, absolute, abstract, academical,
     aesthetic, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-out, all-pervading,
     angelic, antiseptic, artistic, ascetic, austere, authentic, bald,
     bare, basic, beyond all praise, blameless, blasted, bleached,
     blessed, blotless, bona fide, born, bright, broad-based, candid,
     card-carrying, chaste, choice, classic, classical, clean, cleanly,
     clear, common, commonplace, complete, comprehensive, conceptual,
     confounded, congenital, conjectural, consummate, correct,
     creditable, dainty, decent, decorous, deep-dyed, defectless,
     dinkum, direct, dirt-free, disinfected, downright, dry, dull,
     dyed-in-the-wool, easy, egregious, elegant, elementary, erect,
     essential, estimable, ethical, everyday, excellent, exemplary,
     exhaustive, fair, fastidious, faultless, finished, flawless,
     following the letter, frank, fresh, full of integrity, fundamental,
     garden, garden-variety, genuine, godlike, godly, godly-minded,
     good, graceful, gracile, gross, guileless, guiltless, heavenly,
     high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable, holy,
     holy-minded, homely, homespun, homogeneous, honest, honest-to-God,
     honorable, household, hypothetical, ideal, immaculate, impeccable,
     in good taste, inartificial, inculpable, indefectible, indefective,
     indivisible, infallible, infernal, innocent, intact, intensive,
     inviolate, irreducible, irreproachable, just, just right, kosher,
     law-abiding, law-loving, law-revering, lawful, lean, legitimate,
     lifelike, limpid, literal, lucid, maidenly, manly, matter-of-fact,
     mere, modest, monolithic, moral, natural, naturalistic, neat,
     noble, nondescript, nonpolluted, notional, of a piece, of choice,
     of cleanly habits, of quality, omnibus, omnipresent, open,
     ordinary, original, otherworldly, out-and-out, outright,
     pasteurized, peerless, pellucid, perfect, perspicuous, pervasive,
     philosophical, pious, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken,
     pleasing, plenary, plumb, polished, primal, primary, principled,
     proper, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pure and simple, pure in heart,
     purehearted, quiet, quintessential, radical, real, realistic,
     refined, regular, reputable, respectable, restrained, right,
     right-minded, righteous, rightful, ritually pure, round, rustic,
     saintlike, saintly, sanitary, seraphic, severe, sexually innocent,
     sheer, shiny, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, sincere, single,
     sinless, smut-free, smutless, snowy, sober, solid, spare,
     speculative, spiritual, spiritual-minded, spotless, stainless,
     stark, sterile, sterilized, sterling, straight, straightforward,
     subdued, sure-enough, sweeping, sweet, tahar, taintless, tasteful,
     terse, theoretical, thorough, thoroughgoing, through-and-through,
     total, trim, true, true to life, true to nature, true to reality,
     true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing, true-souled,
     true-spirited, truehearted, tubbed, ubiquitous, unadorned,
     unadulterated, unaffected, unalloyed, unassumed, unassuming,
     unbesmirched, unblamable, unblemished, unblotted, uncluttered,
     uncolored, unconcocted, unconditional, uncontaminated, uncopied,
     uncorrupt, uncorrupted, uncounterfeited, undefiled, understated,
     undifferenced, undifferentiated, undiluted, undisguised,
     undisguising, undistorted, unearthly, unexaggerated, unfabricated,
     unfanciful, unfaultable, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious,
     unflattering, uniform, unimaginative, unimagined, unimitated,
     unimpeachable, uninvented, universal, unlabored, unmitigated,
     unmixed, unmuddied, unobtrusive, unpoetical, unpolluted,
     unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unreserved, unrestricted,
     unromantic, unsimulated, unsmirched, unsmudged, unsoiled,
     unspecious, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unsynthetic,
     untainted, untarnished, unvarnished, unworldly, upright,
     uprighteous, upstanding, utter, verbal, verbatim, veridical,
     verisimilar, veritable, vestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous,
     well-chosen, well-scrubbed, well-washed, white, whitened,
     wholesale, wholesome, word-for-word, workaday, workday, worthy,
     yeomanly
  
  

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