impure

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From Middle French impur, from Latin impurus

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impure (comparative more impure, superlative most impure)

  1. Not pure
    1. Containing undesired intermixtures
      The impure gemstone was not good enough to be made into a necklace, so it was thrown out.
    2. Unhallowed; defiled by something unholy, either physically by an objectionable substance, or morally by guilt or sin
    3. Unchaste; obscene (not according to or not abiding by some system of sexual morality)
      He was thinking impure thoughts involving a girl from school.
      • 2012, Frederick Ramsay, The Eighth Veil: A Jerusalem Mystery
        “No one would marry her if she was impure, don't you see?” “Impure? Surely if a woman is forcibly deprived of her virginity, she can't be thought of as impure.”

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impure (third-person singular simple present impures, present participle impuring, simple past and past participle impured)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) to defile; to pollute

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impure

  1. feminine singular of impur

Italian[edit]

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impure f pl

  1. feminine plural of impuro

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of impūrus

Adverb[edit]

impūrē (comparative impūrius, superlative impūrissimē)

  1. basely, shamefully, infamously
  2. impurely

References[edit]

  • impure in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • impure in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • impure in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette