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      The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason.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]

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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 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 singular of pur

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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 1[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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pūre

  1. ablative singular of pūs

Rapa Nui[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *pule.

Noun[edit]

pure

  1. cowrie

Swedish[edit]

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pure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of pur.