impure

  • 1 Impure — Im*pure , a. [L. impurus; pref. im not + purus pure: cf. F. impur. See {Pure}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not pure; not clean; dirty; foul; filthy; containing something which is unclean or unwholesome; mixed or impregnated extraneous substances;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Impure — Im*pure , v. t. To defile; to pollute. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 impure — index bad (inferior), blemished, disreputable, dissolute, immoral, lewd, licentious, marred …

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  • 4 impure — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. impur (13c.), from L. impurus unclean, filthy, foul, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + purus pure (see PURE (Cf. pure)). As a noun from 1784. Related: Impurely …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 impure — [adj] not clean mentally, physically; mixed admixed, adulterated, alloyed, carnal, coarse, common, contaminated, corrupt, debased, defiled, desecrated, diluted, dirty, doctored*, filthy, foul, gross*, grubby*, immodest, immoral, indecent,… …

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  • 6 impure — ► ADJECTIVE 1) mixed with foreign matter; adulterated or tainted. 2) morally wrong, especially in sexual matters. 3) contaminated according to ritual prescriptions …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 impure — [im pyoor′] adj. [L impurus] not pure; specif., a) unclean; dirty b) unclean according to religious ritual; defiled c) obscene; unchaste d) mixed with foreign matter; adulterated e) mixed so as to lack purity in color, tone, style, etc …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 impure — ● impur, impure adjectif (latin impurus) Qui n est pas pur, dont la composition est altérée par la présence d éléments étrangers : Produit brut, impur qui doit être raffiné. Qui est souillé, infecté par des éléments corrompus, pathogènes : L air… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 9 impure — adjective 1 an impure substance has something else mixed with it, especially something of a lower quality: An added danger was that the group was using impure sodium chlorate in their bombs. opposite pure (1) 2 old fashioned or humorous impure… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 impure — impurely, adv. impureness, n. /im pyoor /, adj. 1. not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, esp. of an inferior or contaminating nature: impure water and air. 2. modified by admixture, as color. 3. mixed or combined with something else: an impure… …

    Universalium

  • 11 impure — adjective a) Not pure; not clean; dirty; foul; filthy; containing something which is unclean or unwholesome; mixed or impregnated extraneous substances; adulterated; as, impure water or air; impure drugs, food, etc …

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  • 12 impure — im|pure [ımˈpjuə US ˈpjur] adj 1.) not pure or clean, and often consisting of a mixture of things instead of just one ≠ ↑pure ▪ drug dealers selling impure heroin 2.) old fashioned impure thoughts, feelings etc are morally bad because they are… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 impure — im|pure [ ım pjur ] adjective 1. ) an impure substance contains an amount of another substance, especially one that is less valuable or of lower quality: impure gold 2. ) OLD FASHIONED impure thoughts and actions are considered to be morally… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 impure — adjective 1) impure gold Syn: adulterated, mixed, combined, blended, alloyed; technical admixed Ant: pure 2) the water was impure Syn: contaminated, polluted …

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  • 15 impure — UK [ɪmˈpjʊə(r)] / US [ɪmˈpjʊr] adjective 1) an impure substance contains an amount of another substance, especially one that is less valuable or of lower quality impure gold 2) old fashioned impure thoughts and actions are considered to be… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 impure — /ɪmˈpjuə / (say im pyoohuh) adjective 1. not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, especially of an inferior or contaminating kind: impure water. 2. modified by admixture, as colour. 3. (of a style) mixed or combined with something else: an impure… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 impure — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin impurus, from in + purus pure Date: 15th century not pure: as a. lewd, unchaste b. containing something unclean ; foul < impure water > c. ritually unclean …

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  • 18 impure — im·pure ( )im pyu̇(ə)r adj not pure: as a) containing something unclean <impure water> b) mixed or impregnated with an extraneous and usu. unwanted substance: ADULTERATED <an impure chemical> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 impure — [[t]ɪmpjʊ͟ə(r)[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A substance that is impure is not of good quality because it has other substances mixed with it. 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe thoughts and actions as impure, you mean they are concerned with sex and are morally… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 impure — im•pure [[t]ɪmˈpyʊər[/t]] adj. 1) not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, esp. of an inferior nature: impure water[/ex] 2) modified by admixture, as color 3) mixed or combined with something else: an impure style of architecture[/ex] 4) regarded… …

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