AskDefine | Define pure

Dictionary Definition

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" [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" [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)]
3 concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied; "pure science"
4 (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or gray or black [syn: saturated] [ant: unsaturated]
5 free from discordant qualities
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: vestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous]
8 not mixed; "pure oxygen" [syn: unmixed, undiluted]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈpjʊə/, /"pjU@/
  • (US) /ˈpjʊɚ/, /"pjU@`/
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(r)


  1. free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied
  2. free of foreign material or pollutants
  3. free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean
  4. of a branch of science, done for its own sake instead of serving another branch of science.




free of flaws or imperfections
  • Finnish: virheetön
  • French: pur
  • Hungarian: tiszta
  • Korean: 맑다 (makda)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: په‌تی
free of foreign material or pollutants
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 的 (chún de)
  • Czech: ryzí
  • Dutch: puur
  • Finnish: puhdas
  • French: pur
  • German: rein
  • Hungarian: tiszta
  • Italian: puro
  • Japanese: 純粋な (じゅんすいな, junsui na)
  • Korean: 맑다 (makda), 순수한 (sunsuhan)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ڕوون
  • Portuguese: puro
  • Russian: чистый
  • Spanish: puro
  • Swedish: ren
free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean
  • Finnish: viaton, puhdas
  • Japanese: 純粋な (じゅんすいな, junsui na)
  • Korean: 맑다 (makda)



  1. purely






  1. Form of feminine, pur



pure p




Extensive Definition

Pure may refer to:

Film and television


See also

pure in Japanese: ピュア
pure in Turkish: Katkısız

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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