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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Pure


PURE, adjective [Latin purus.]

1. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; clear; free from mixture; as pure water; pure clay; pure sand; pure air; pure silver of gold. pure wine is very scare.

2. Free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy.

Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil. Habakkuk 1:13. Proverbs 20:9.

3. Genuine; real; true; incorrupt; unadulterated; as pure religion. James 1:27.

4. Unmixed; separate from any other subject or from every thing foreign; as pure mathematics.

5. Free from guilt; guiltless; innocent.

No hand of strife is pure but that which wins.

6. Not vitiated with improper or corrupt words or phrases; as a pure style of discourse or composition.

7. Disinterested; as pure benevolence.

8. Chaste; as a pure virgin.

9. Free from vice or moral turpitude. Titus 1:15.

10. Ceremonially clean; unpolluted. Ezra 6:20.

11. Free from any thing improper; as, his motives are pure

12. Mere; absolute; that and that only; unconnected with any thing else; as a pure villain. He did that from pure compassion, or pure good nature.

PURE, verb transitive To purify; to cleanse. [Not in use.]