pure

The adjective pure describes something that's made of only one substance and is not mixed with anything else. For example, your favorite soft, warm winter scarf might be made from pure merino wool.

Anything that's uncontaminated by extra, unnecessary, or unclean substances is pure. You can swim in pure water or wear a necklace that's made of pure silver. Pure can also mean "complete" or "absolute," especially when it describes happiness. A religious meaning of pure is "free from sin", good or wholesome. The Latin word purus, "clean or unmixed," is the root of pure.

Definitions of pure
  1. adjective
    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”
    pure oxygen”
    Synonyms:
    clean
    ritually clean or pure
    axenic
    (used of cultures of microorganisms) completely free from other organisms
    clean, fresh
    free from impurities
    clean, clear, light, unclouded
    (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    fine
    free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity
    native
    as found in nature in the elemental form
    plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed
    not mixed with extraneous elements
    pristine
    completely free from dirt or contamination
    sublimate
    made pure
    unadulterated
    not mixed with impurities
    unalloyed
    free from admixture
    uncontaminated, unpolluted
    free from admixture with noxious elements; clean
    virginal
    untouched or undefiled
    processed
    prepared or converted from a natural state by subjecting to a special process
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    Antonyms:
    impure
    combined with extraneous elements
    impure, unclean
    having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to dietary or ceremonial laws
    technical grade, technical-grade
    containing small amounts of other chemicals, hence slightly impure
    adulterate, adulterated, debased
    mixed with impurities
    alloyed
    (used of metals) debased by mixture with an inferior element
    bastardised, bastardized
    deriving from more than one source or style
    contaminated, polluted
    rendered unwholesome by contaminants and pollution
    dingy, dirty, muddied, muddy
    (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
    unpurified
    not made pure
    unprocessed
    not altered from an original or natural state
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  2. adjective
    (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black
    synonyms: saturated
    intense, vivid
    (of color) having the highest saturation
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    Antonyms:
    unsaturated
    (of color) not chromatically pure; diluted
    dull
    (of color) very low in saturation; highly diluted
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  3. adjective
    free from discordant qualities
    Synonyms:
    harmonious
    musically pleasing
  4. adjective
    (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”
    Synonyms:
    chaste
    morally pure
    immaculate, undefiled
    free from stain or blemish
    white
    free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied
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    impure
    (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene
    unchaste
    not chaste
    defiled, maculate
    morally blemished; stained or impure
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  5. adjective
    in a state of sexual virginity
    pure and vestal modesty”
    synonyms: vestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous
    chaste
    morally pure
  6. adjective
    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    pure folly”
    synonyms: arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, sodding, staring, stark, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter
    unmitigated
    not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier
  7. adjective
    concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied
    pure science”
    Synonyms:
    theoretical
    concerned with theories rather than their practical applications
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