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combined with extraneous elements
(used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene
having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to dietary or ceremonial laws
"unclean meat"; "and the swine...is unclean to you"-Leviticus 11:3
to defile; to pollute
Not pure; not clean; dirty; foul; filthy; containing something which is unclean or unwholesome; mixed or impregnated extraneous substances; adulterated; as, impure water or air; impure drugs, food, etc.
The impure gemstone was not good enough to be made into a necklace, so it was thrown out.
Defiled by sin or guilt; unholy; unhallowed; -- said of persons or things.
Unchaste; lewd; unclean; obscene; as, impure language or ideas.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: impur, Fr. impurus, Latin.
No more can impure man retain and move
In that pure region of a worthy love,
Than earthly substance can unforc'd aspire,
And leave his nature to converse with fire. John Donne.
Hypocrites austerely talk,
Condemning as impure what God has made
Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. John Milton.
If black scandal, or foul-fac'd reproach,
Attend the sequel of your imposition,
Your meer enforcement shall acquittance me
From all the impure blots and stains thereof. William Shakespeare, R. III.
One could not devise a more proper hell for an impure spirit, than that which Plato has touched upon. Addison.
In chemistry and materials science, impurities are chemical substances inside a confined amount of liquid, gas, or solid, which differ from the chemical composition of the material or compound. Firstly, a pure chemical should appear thermodynamically in at least one chemical phase and can also be characterized by its one-component-phase diagram. Secondly, practically speaking, a pure chemical should prove to be homogeneous (i.e., will show no change of properties after undergoing a wide variety of consecutive analytical chemical procedures). The perfect pure chemical will pass all attempts and tests of further separation and purification. Thirdly, and here we focus on the common chemical definition, it should not contain any trace of any other kind of chemical species. In reality, there are no absolutely 100% pure chemical compounds, as there is always some minute contamination. Indeed, as detection limits in analytical chemistry decrease, the number of impurities detected tends to increase.Impurities are either naturally occurring or added during synthesis of a chemical or commercial product. During production, impurities may be purposely, accidentally, inevitably, or incidentally added into the substance. The levels of impurities in a material are generally defined in relative terms. Standards have been established by various organizations that attempt to define the permitted levels of various impurities in a manufactured product. Strictly speaking, then a material's level of purity can only be stated as being more or less pure than some other material.
not pure; not clean; dirty; foul; filthy; containing something which is unclean or unwholesome; mixed or impregnated extraneous substances; adulterated; as, impure water or air; impure drugs, food, etc
defiled by sin or guilt; unholy; unhallowed; -- said of persons or things
unchaste; lewd; unclean; obscene; as, impure language or ideas
not purified according to the ceremonial law of Moses; unclean
not accurate; not idiomatic; as, impure Latin; an impure style
to defile; to pollute
Etymology: [L. impurus; pref. im- not + purus pure: cf. F. impur. See Pure.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
im-pūr′, adj. mixed with other substances: defiled by sin: unholy: unchaste: unclean.—adv. Impure′ly.—ns. Impur′ity, Impure′ness, quality of being impure.
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The numerical value of impure in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of impure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of impure in a Sentence
All orthodox opinion -- that is, today, revolutionary opinion either of the pure or the impure variety -- is anti-man.
Unsullied poverty is always happy, while impure wealth brings with it many sorrows.
According to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken, stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material which can never become ritually impure, and as a result ancient Jews began to produce some of their everyday tableware from stone.
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