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Definition of Impure

Impure

  1. 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.
  2. Defiled by sin or guilt; unholy; unhallowed; -- said of persons or things.
  3. Unchaste; lewd; unclean; obscene; as, impure language or ideas.
  4. Not purified according to the ceremonial law of Moses; unclean.
  5. Not accurate; not idiomatic; as, impure Latin; an impure style.
  6. To defile; to pollute.

Impure Quotations

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
Saint Augustine

All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.
Rainer Maria Rilke

O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.
T. S. Eliot

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.
William O. Douglas

As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
Augustus Hare
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Impure Translations

impure in German is unrein, unrein
impure in Latin is immunda, immundus
impure in Norwegian is uren
impure in Spanish is impuro
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