pure


pure
pure [ pjur ] adjective ***
1. ) usually before noun a pure substance or material has nothing mixed with it that might spoil its quality or effect:
pure gold/alcohol
─ opposite IMPURE
a ) a pure sound, color, light, etc. is very clear and beautiful:
The flowers were a pure white.
the pure sound of children laughing
b ) a pure form of art does not have any practical purpose, such as selling something:
You could separate it from its political message and just look at it as pure poetry.
c ) a pure subject of study, especially in science, deals only with theory and not with the way the theory is used:
pure mathematics
2. ) only before noun complete and total, used for emphasis:
a scream of pure terror
pure chance/coincidence/luck: Perhaps it was pure chance that the other woman happened to be there.
3. ) a pure person or pure behavior is free from wrong, especially in sexual matters:
He cannot claim to have led an absolutely pure life.
It is hard to be humble, and nobody is pure.
─ opposite IMPURE
pure and simple
used for saying that there is no additional explanation for something:
The murder was vengeance, pure and simple.
pure as the driven snow
completely pure, often used for suggesting the opposite:
I hardly think she was as pure as the driven snow.
╾ pure|ness noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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