impure

adjective im·pure \ (ˌ)im-ˈpyu̇r \

Definition of impure

:not pure: such as
b :containing something unclean :foul
  • impure water
c :ritually unclean
d :mixed or impregnated with an extraneous and usually unwanted substance
  • an impure chemical

impurely

adverb

impureness

noun

Examples of impure in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of impure

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin impurus, from in- + purus pure


IMPURE Defined for English Language Learners

impure

adjective

Definition of impure for English Language Learners

  • : mixed with something else that is usually not as good

  • : sexual in a way that is considered morally wrong


IMPURE Defined for Kids

impure

adjective im·pure \ im-ˈpyu̇r \

Definition of impure for Students

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-ˈpyu̇(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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