im·​pu·​ri·​ty | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce impurity (audio) \
plural impurities

Definition of impurity

1 : something that is impure or makes something else impure removing impurities from water
2 : the quality or state of being impure

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Examples of impurity in a Sentence

the impurity of the water The syrup is strained to remove impurities. The water is free of impurities.
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One myth holds that’s a way to filter out impurities in the drug. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "7 things to look for in a teen's bedroom that can tell you he or she is doing drugs," 22 July 2019 Menstruation is associated with impurity in large parts of India and conversations around it are still taboo. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Indian mother prays to ‘bleeding goddess’ for son," 11 July 2019 His sendup of people combing back through old tweets and movies and TV shows for inevitable signs of moral impurity are similarly sharp. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly," 10 July 2019 The treatment starts by gently cleansing the skin with an antibacterial towelette, to clear away any impurities, followed by an application of Exfoliant•K Mentholated Face and Body Scrub. Rachel Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Is the Butt Facial the Must-Have Beauty Treatment of the Summer?," 16 July 2019 The Hanhoo patches are just one brand of hydrocolloid patches, which are basically small adhesive patches that can help dry out an inflamed area and absorb oil, pus, or other impurities. Chelsey Hamilton,, "Redditor Claims These $2 Blemish Patches Cleared Her Cystic Pimples in Just 4 Hours," 4 June 2019 The Deep Cleanse is packed with fibers from the Japanese luffa fruit, a natural exfoliant, which gently polishes away oil and impurities, leaving your skin radiant and baby-soft without over-drying. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tatcha and Sephora Are Offering a Mystery Skin-Care Gift — Here's How to Get Yours," 15 May 2019 So the thought is that putting it on your face will similarly draw out oil and other impurities, Dr. Piliang says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Can Any Skin-Care Products Actually 'Detox' Your Face?," 3 May 2019 These icemen start with tap water, which flows through a five-step filtration system that peels away impurities. Phillip Valys,, "Nice ice, baby: Fancy ‘clear ice’ taking South Florida cocktails to cooler heights," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of impurity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of impurity

: the quality or state of being impure
: an unwanted substance that is found in something else and that prevents it from being pure


im·​pu·​ri·​ty | \ im-ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce impurity (audio) \
plural impurities

Kids Definition of impurity

1 : the quality or state of being impure
2 : something that is or makes something else impure Impurities in the gold were detected.


im·​pu·​ri·​ty | \ (ˈ)im-ˈpyu̇r-ət-ē How to pronounce impurity (audio) \
plural impurities

Medical Definition of impurity

: something that is impure or makes something else impure

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