|Origin:||pur, from Latin purus|
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pure S3 W3
a pure substance or material is not mixed with anything [≠ impure]
not mixed[usually before noun]
pure silk/cotton/wool etc
pure wool blankets
rings made of pure gold
Our beef patties are 100% pure.
complete and total [= sheer]:
complete[only before noun]
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.
clean and not containing anything harmful [≠ impure]:
We had trouble finding a pure water supply.
Up here the air was purer.
used to emphasize that there is only one thing involved or worth considering:
He wanted revenge, pure and simple.
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.
very clear and beautiful:
colour or soundCC
a cloudless sky of the purest blue
Her voice, clear and pure, soared up to the roof.
typical of a particular style:
typical[only before noun]
His music is pure New York.
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.
done according to an accepted standard or pattern:
art or study[usually before noun]A
Gothic architecture in its purest form
work in science etc that increases our knowledge of the subject rather than using it for practical purposes
to be morally perfect - used humorously to say someone is not like this at all