pure

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See also: puré and purè

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pur, from Old French pur, from Latin purus (clean, free from dirt or filth, unmixed, plain), from Proto-Indo-European *peu-, *pu- (to cleanse, purify). Displaced native Middle English lutter (pure, clear, sincere) (from Old English hlūtor, hluttor), Middle English skere (pure, sheer, clear) (from Old English scǣre and Old Norse skǣr), Middle English schir (clear, pure) (from Old English scīr), Middle English smete, smeate (pure, refined) (from Old English smǣte; compare Old English mǣre (pure)).

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pure (comparative purer or more pure, superlative purest or most pure)

  1. Free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied.
    • Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
      Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records.
  2. ​Free of foreign material or pollutants.
    • Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
      A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy.
  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.
    • 2014 June 21, “Magician’s brain”, The Economist, volume 411, number 8892: 
      The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason. The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy.
  5. (phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
  6. (of sound) Without harmonics or overtones; not harsh or discordant.

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pure (comparative more pure, superlative most pure)

  1. (Liverpudlian) to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.
    You’re pure busy.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin pūre, the adverb of pūrus (clean, pure); or the definite form of pur (pure).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /puːrə/, [ˈpʰuːɐ̯]

Adjective[edit]

pure (indeclinable)

  1. complete
  2. (adverbial) completely

Etymology 2[edit]

See pur (pure).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /puːrə/, [ˈpʰuːɐ̯]

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pure

  1. definite of pur
  2. plural form of pur

Etymology 3[edit]

From French purée (puree).

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pyre/, [pʰyˈʁæ]

Noun[edit]

pure c (singular definite pureen, plural indefinite pureer)

  1. puree
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Adverb[edit]

pure

  1. purely

Finnish[edit]

Verb[edit]

pure

  1. Indicative present connegative form of purra.
  2. Second-person singular imperative present form of purra.
  3. Second-person singular imperative present connegative form of purra.

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French[edit]

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pure

  1. feminine form of pur

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German[edit]

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pure

  1. inflected form of pur

Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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pure pl

  1. feminine plural of puro

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin pūrē, the adverb of pūrus.[1]

Adverb[edit]

pure

  1. too, also, as well
  2. well, surely
  3. please, by all means
  4. if you like; if you want (etc.)
    (with third-person subjunctive) Parli pure: let him speak if he likes
    (with imperative) Parla pure: speak if you like
    (with formal subjunctive-imperative) Lei parli pure: speak if you like
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pure

  1. even though, even if, although
  2. nevertheless

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelo Prati, "Vocabolario Etimologico Italiano", Torino, 1951; headword pure

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pūrus (clean; pure) and -e (-ly, -ily).

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pūrē

  1. clearly, brightly, cleanly
  2. correctly, faultlessly, perfectly, purely syn.
    Loqui pure.
    To speak correctly.

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Rapa Nui[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *pule.

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pure

  1. cowrie

Swedish[edit]

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pure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of pur.