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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English pure, pur, from Old French pur, from Latin pūrus (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)).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

pure (comparative purer or more pure, superlative purest or most pure)

  1. Free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 136: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Thomas Macaulay
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 136: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Isaac Watts
      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”, in 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      The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason.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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TranslationsEdit
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AdverbEdit

pure (not comparable)

  1. (Liverpudlian) to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.
    You’re pure busy.
    • 1996, Trainspotting (film)
      I just get pure shy with the interview cats.
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

pure (plural pures)

  1. (obsolete, colloquial, euphemistic, sometimes pluralized) Feces, especially dog feces gathered in pre-20th-century England for use in the tanning of leather.
    • 2001, Wendy Lawton, The Tinker's Daughter, ch. 8:
      Mary smelled the rancid odor of the tannery on the right side of the road. []
      "What is that, Mary?" Jake asked.
      "'Tis a bag for collecting pure. That is going to be your job, Jake. You are to collect pure."
      "Pure? What is pure?"
      "Pure is another word for dung," Mary answered.

VerbEdit

pure (third-person singular simple present pures, present participle puring, simple past and past participle pured)

  1. (golf) to hit (the ball) completely cleanly and accurately
    Tiger Woods pured his first drive straight down the middle of the fairway.

Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pure (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of puer
    • 1851, H. Mayhew, London Labour and the London poor, vII. 142/1:
      [] Dogs'-dung is called ‘Pure’, from its cleansing and purifying properties.
    • 1842, The Penny Magazine, May 212/1:
      [] A solution called the ‘pure’ or the 'pewer' (having never seen the word written.., we must spell it as pronounced) is prepared in a large vessel, and into this the skins are immersed.

Further readingEdit

AnagramsEdit


DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin pūre, the adverb of pūrus (clean, pure); or the definite form of pur (pure).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /puːrə/, [ˈpʰuːɐ̯]

AdjectiveEdit

pure

  1. complete
  2. (adverbial) completely
InflectionEdit
Inflection of pure
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular pure 2
Neuter singular pure 2
Plural pure 2
Definite attributive1 pure
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

Etymology 2Edit

From French purée (puree).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pyre/, [pʰyˈʁæ]

NounEdit

pure c (singular definite pureen, plural indefinite pureer)

  1. puree
InflectionEdit

Etymology 3Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /puːrə/, [ˈpʰuːɐ̯]

AdjectiveEdit

pure

  1. definite of pur
  2. plural of pur

EsperantoEdit

AdverbEdit

pure

  1. purely

FinnishEdit

VerbEdit

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.

AnagramsEdit


FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

pure

  1. feminine singular of pur

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GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

pure

  1. inflected form of pur

ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

AdjectiveEdit

pure f pl

  1. feminine plural of puro

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin pūrē, the adverb of pūrus.[1]

AdverbEdit

pure

  1. too, also, as well
    Synonym: anche
  2. well, surely
  3. please, by all means
  4. if you like; if you want (etc.)
    Parli pure (with third-person subjunctive)let him speak if he likes
    Parla pure (with imperative)Speak if you like
    Lei parli pure (with formal subjunctive-imperative)Speak if you like

ConjunctionEdit

pure

  1. even though, even if, although
  2. nevertheless

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Angelo Prati, "Vocabolario Etimologico Italiano", Torino, 1951; headword pure

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From pūrus (clean; pure) and -e (-ly, -ily).

AdverbEdit

pūrē (comparative pūrius, superlative pūrissimē)

  1. clearly, brightly, cleanly
  2. correctly, faultlessly, perfectly, purely syn.
    Loqui pure.
    To speak correctly.
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

pūre

  1. ablative singular of pūs

ReferencesEdit

  • pure in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pure in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) logic, dialectic: dialectica (-ae or -orum) (pure Latin disserendi ratio et scientia)
    • (ambiguous) astronomy: astrologia (pure Latin sidera, caelestia)

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French pur, from Latin pūrus.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

pure (comparative purer, superlative purest)

  1. pure, unadulterated, undiluted, untarnished
  2. entire, total, all
  3. perfect, wonderful, unflawed
  4. morally clean, pure, or upstanding
  5. chaste
  6. true, real, genuine, not counterfeit
  7. clear, obvious, simple

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit


Rapa NuiEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *pule.

NounEdit

pure

  1. cowrie

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

pure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of pur.