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impure

[im-pyoo r] /ɪmˈpyʊər/
adjective
1.
not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, especially of an inferior or contaminating nature:
impure water and air.
2.
modified by admixture, as color.
3.
mixed or combined with something else:
an impure style of architecture.
4.
regarded by a religion as unclean, as animals or things.
5.
not morally pure or proper; unchaste or obscene:
impure thoughts.
6.
marked by foreign and unsuitable or objectionable elements or characteristics, as a style of art or of literary expression.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin impūrus. See im-2, pure
Related forms
impurely, adverb
impureness, noun
Synonyms
5. coarse, vulgar, improper, licentious.
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  • Untouchables are outcasts-people considered too impure, too polluted, to rank as worthy beings.
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  • Speaking generally, the arteries may be said to contain pure and the veins impure blood.
  • Another example, impure in the extreme, is the national debt.
  • The program was designed for contrast: impure drama, then pure dance.
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  • impure barium sulfide phosphoresces after exposure to the light.
British Dictionary definitions for impure

impure

/ɪmˈpjʊə/
adjective
1.
not pure; combined with something else; tainted or sullied
2.
(in certain religions)
  1. (of persons) ritually unclean and as such debarred from certain religious ceremonies
  2. (of foodstuffs, vessels, etc) debarred from certain religious uses
3.
(of a colour) mixed with another colour or with black or white
4.
of more than one origin or style, as of architecture or other design
Derived Forms
impurely, adverb
impureness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impure
adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French impur (13c.), from Latin impurus "unclean, filthy, foul," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + purus "pure" (see pure). As a noun from 1784. Related: Impurely.

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