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- (now US regional) Wholly; really, completely. [from 14th c.]
- 1962, Warren Miller, Flush Times:
- I am fascinated by the entire scene, I purely am.
- Solely; exclusively; merely, simply. [from 14th c.]
- 8 April 2005, Owen Bowcott, The Guardian:
- The IRA should "lead by example" and "unilaterally" abandon paramilitary violence and adopt a purely political strategy, a leading Sinn Féin MP urged yesterday.
- 2007, Helen Brooks, His Christmas Bride:
- "But this meal tonight is not a date, not in the traditional sense. It's purely platonic, I assure you."
- Chastely, innocently; in a sinless manner, without fault. [from 15th c.]
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vii]:
- faith and troth, / Strain'd purely from all hollow bias drawing: / Bids thee with most diuine integritie, / From heart of very heart, great Hector welcome.
- (now rare) Without physical adulterants; refinedly, with no admixture. [from 16th c.]
- 1823, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table Talk:
- By some means or other the water flows purely, and separated from the filth, in a deeper and narrower course on one side of the rock, and the refuse of the dirt and troubled water goes off on the other in a broader current [...].
- (wholly): thoroughly, totally; see also Thesaurus:completely
- (solely): alone; see also Thesaurus:solely
- (chastely): guiltlessly, sinlessly; see also Thesaurus:innocently
- (refinedly): pristinely, unadulteratedly, undilutedly; see also Thesaurus:purely