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"

Related terms: impure purified plain clean clean pristine axenic simple unadulterated fine uncontaminated unalloyed virginal native clean processed purity
2. [ adjective ] without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
Synonyms: utter complete double-dyed everlasting gross perfect sodding stark staring thoroughgoing consummate arrant

"an arrant fool" "a complete coward" "a consummate fool" "gross negligence" "a perfect idiot" "pure folly" "what a sodding mess" "stark staring mad" "utter nonsense"

Related terms: unmitigated
3. [ adjective ] concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied

"pure science"

Related terms: theoretical
4. [ adjective ] free from discordant qualities
Related terms: harmonious
5. [ adjective ] (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or gray or black
Synonyms: saturated
Related terms: unsaturated intense
6. [ adjective ] (sexuality) in a state of sexual virginity
Synonyms: virgin virginal virtuous vestal

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

Related terms: chaste
7. [ 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"

Related terms: impure immaculate white chaste morality
8. [ adjective ] not mixed
Synonyms: unmixed undiluted

"pure oxygen"

Related terms: absolute
Similar spelling:   puree