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adjective pure pronunciation in American English /pjʊr/ 
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  1. 2
    [only before noun] used for emphasizing the amount or degree of something

    a scream of pure terror

    pure chance/coincidence/luck:

    Perhaps it was pure chance that the other woman happened to be there.

  2. 3
    a pure sound, color, light, etc. is very clear and beautiful

    The flowers were a pure white.

    the pure sound of children laughing

  3. 4
    science a pure subject of study, especially in science, deals only with theory and not with the way the theory is used

    pure mathematics

    1. a.
      a pure form of art does not have any practical purpose, such as selling something

      You could separate it from its political message and just look at it as pure poetry.

  4. 5
    a pure person or pure behavior is free from wrong, especially in sexual matters

    He cannot claim to have led an absolutely pure life.

    It is hard to be humble, and nobody is pure.

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