pure


pure
pure
W3S3 [pjuə US pjur] adj
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1¦(not mixed)¦
2¦(complete)¦
3¦(clean)¦
4 pure and simple
5¦(morally good)¦
6¦(colour or sound)¦
7¦(typical)¦
8¦(breed/race)¦
9¦(art or study)¦
10 pure science/maths etc
11 be as pure as the driven snow
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: pur, from Latin purus]
1.) ¦(NOT MIXED)¦ [usually before noun]
a pure substance or material is not mixed with anything
≠ ↑impure
pure silk/cotton/wool etc
pure wool blankets
rings made of pure gold
Our beef patties are 100% pure .
2.) ¦(COMPLETE)¦ [only before noun]
complete and total
= ↑sheer
a work of pure genius
a smile of pure joy
My mother's life was pure hell.
pure chance/luck/coincidence etc
By pure chance, I met Sir Malcolm that morning.
The chairman dismissed the report as pure speculation.
3.) ¦(CLEAN)¦
clean and not containing anything harmful
≠ ↑impure
We had trouble finding a pure water supply.
Up here the air was purer .
4.) pure and simple
used to emphasize that there is only one thing involved or worth considering
He wanted revenge, pure and simple.
5.) ¦(MORALLY GOOD)¦
literary without any sexual experience or evil thoughts
≠ ↑impure
a pure young girl
They're too pure and innocent to know what's really going on.
6.) ¦(COLOUR OR SOUND)¦
very clear and beautiful
a cloudless sky of the purest blue
Her voice, clear and pure, soared up to the roof.
7.) ¦(TYPICAL)¦ [only before noun]
typical of a particular style
His music is pure New York.
8.) ¦(BREED/RACE)¦
bred from only one group or race
My husband is pure Japanese and traces his family back 800 years.
The Highland is the oldest and purest breed of cattle in Britain.
9.) ¦(ART OR STUDY)¦ [usually before noun]
done according to an accepted standard or pattern
Gothic architecture in its purest form
10.) pure science/maths etc
work in science etc that increases our knowledge of the subject rather than using it for practical purposes
11.) be as pure as the driven snow
to be morally perfect - used humorously to say someone is not like this at all
→↑purely

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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