/ pjʊə(r); NAmE pjʊr/ adjective
( purer / ˈpjʊərə(r); NAmE ˈpjʊr-/, purest / ˈpjʊərɪst; NAmE ˈpjʊr-/)
[ usually before noun ] not mixed with anything else; with nothing added :
pure gold / silk, etc.
These shirts are 100% pure cotton.
Classical dance in its purest form requires symmetry and balance.
One movie is classified as pure art, the other as entertainment.
clean and not containing any harmful substances :
a bottle of pure water
The air was sweet and pure.
[ only before noun ] complete and total :
They met by pure chance.
She laughed with pure joy.
without evil thoughts or actions, especially sexual ones; morally good :
to lead a pure life
His motives were pure.
( literary )
to be pure in body and mind
COLOUR / SOUND / LIGHT
very clear; perfect :
beaches of pure white sand
a pure voice
SUBJECT YOU STUDY
[ only before noun ] concerned with increasing knowledge of the subject rather than with using knowledge in practical ways :
technology as opposed to pure science subjects
BREED / RACE
not mixed with any other breed or race, etc. :
These cattle are one of the purest breeds in Britain.
—see also pure-bred
—see also purify , purity
- pure and simple
Middle English : from Old French pur pure, from Latin purus .