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Topic: COLOURS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: pur, from Latin purus

pure

adjective
     
pure S3 W3
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

CC 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]A done according to an accepted standard or pattern:
Gothic architecture in its purest form
10

pure science/maths etc

H 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
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