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impure

adjective im·pure \(ˌ)im-ˈpyr\

: mixed with something else that is usually not as good

: sexual in a way that is considered morally wrong

Full Definition of IMPURE

:  not pure: as
a :  lewd, unchaste
b :  containing something unclean :  foul <impure water>
c :  ritually unclean
d :  mixed or impregnated with an extraneous and usually unwanted substance <an impure chemical>
im·pure·ly adverb
im·pure·ness noun

Examples of IMPURE

  1. <be careful, because impure motor oil can damage your car's engine>
  2. <Victorian notions of what qualified as impure art now strike us as laughable.>

Origin of IMPURE

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin impurus, from in- + purus pure
First Known Use: 15th century
IMPURE Defined for Kids

impure

adjective im·pure \im-ˈpyr\

Definition of IMPURE for Kids

1
:  not pure :  unclean, dirty <impure water>
2
:  mixed with something else that is usually not as good <impure gold>
Medical Dictionary

impure

adjective im·pure \(ˈ)im-ˈpy(ə)r\

Medical Definition of IMPURE

:  not pure: as a :  containing something unclean <impure water> b :  mixed or impregnated with an extraneous and usually unwanted substance :  adulterated <an impure chemical>

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