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Definition 1: (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where pure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I felt pure and sweet as a new baby
  • pure as the driven snow

(pure is similar to ...) free from stain or blemish

(pure is similar to ...) free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied

"in shining white armor"

(means also ...) morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)

"a holy woman innocent and chaste"

(... are attributes of pure) concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct

Definition 2: free of extraneous elements of any kind - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where pure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pure air and water
  • pure gold
  • pure primary colors
  • the violin's pure and lovely song
  • pure tones
  • pure oxygen

(pure is similar to ...) completely free from dirt or contamination

"pristine mountain snow"

(pure is similar to ...) not mixed with impurities

"unadulterated maple syrup"

(pure is similar to ...) made pure

(pure is similar to ...) (of an alcoholic drink) stirred or shaken with ice, but served without it

"I like my martinis straight up"

(pure is similar to ...) free from admixture with noxious elements; clean

"unpolluted streams" "a contaminated lake"

(pure is similar to ...) not mixed with extraneous elements

"plain water" "sheer wine" "not an unmixed blessing"

(pure is similar to ...) as found in nature in the elemental form

"native copper"

(pure is similar to ...) free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity

"gold 21 carats fine"

(pure is similar to ...) (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

"efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings" "clear laughter like a waterfall" "clear reds and blues" "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"

(pure is similar to ...) free from impurities

"clean water" "fresh air"

(pure is similar to ...) (used of cultures of microorganisms) completely free from other organisms

"an axenic culture"

(pure is similar to ...) untouched or undefiled

"nor is there anything more virginal than the shimmer of young foliage"

(pure is similar to ...) free from admixture

"unalloyed metal" "unalloyed pleasure"

(means also ...) prepared or converted from a natural state by subjecting to a special process

"processed ores"

(means also ...) ritually clean or pure

(... are attributes of pure) being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material

Definition 3: (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for pure in the sense of this definition

(pure is similar to ...) (of color) having the highest saturation

"vivid green" "intense blue"

Definition 4: in a state of sexual virginity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pure and vestal modesty
  • a spinster or virgin lady
  • men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal

Synonyms for pure in the sense of this definition

(pure is similar to ...) morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)

"a holy woman innocent and chaste"

Definition 5: free from discordant qualities - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(pure is similar to ...) musically pleasing

Definition 6: concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pure science

(pure is similar to ...) concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

"theoretical physics"

Definition 7: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 thorough nuisance
  • a thoroughgoing villain
  • utter nonsense
  • the unadulterated truth

Synonyms for pure in the sense of this definition

(pure is similar to ...) not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier

"unmitigated suffering" "an unmitigated horror" "an unmitigated lie"

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