- pureW3S3 [pjuə US pjur] adj▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(not mixed)¦2¦(complete)¦3¦(clean)¦4 pure and simple5¦(morally good)¦6¦(colour or sound)¦7¦(typical)¦8¦(breed/race)¦9¦(art or study)¦10 pure science/maths etc11 be as pure as the driven snow▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: pur, from Latin purus]1.) ¦(NOT MIXED)¦ [usually before noun]a pure substance or material is not mixed with anythingpure silk/cotton/wool etc▪ pure wool blankets▪ rings made of pure gold▪ Our beef patties are 100% pure .2.) ¦(COMPLETE)¦ [only before noun]complete and total= ↑sheer▪ a work of pure genius▪ a smile of pure joy▪ My mother's life was pure hell.pure chance/luck/coincidence etc▪ By pure chance, I met Sir Malcolm that morning.▪ The chairman dismissed the report as pure speculation.3.) ¦(CLEAN)¦clean and not containing anything harmful▪ We had trouble finding a pure water supply.▪ Up here the air was purer .4.) pure and simpleused to emphasize that there is only one thing involved or worth considering▪ He wanted revenge, pure and simple.5.) ¦(MORALLY GOOD)¦literary without any sexual experience or evil thoughts▪ a pure young girl▪ They're too pure and innocent to know what's really going on.6.) ¦(COLOUR OR SOUND)¦very clear and beautiful▪ a cloudless sky of the purest blue▪ Her voice, clear and pure, soared up to the roof.7.) ¦(TYPICAL)¦ [only before noun]typical of a particular style▪ His music is pure New York.8.) ¦(BREED/RACE)¦bred from only one group or race▪ My husband is pure Japanese and traces his family back 800 years.▪ The Highland is the oldest and purest breed of cattle in Britain.9.) ¦(ART OR STUDY)¦ [usually before noun]done according to an accepted standard or pattern▪ Gothic architecture in its purest form10.) pure science/maths etcwork in science etc that increases our knowledge of the subject rather than using it for practical purposes11.) be as pure as the driven snowto be morally perfect - used humorously to say someone is not like this at all→↑purely
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.