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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPURE

We should keep our heart free from impure thoughts and desires.

If water is impure, it must be boiled and then aerated before it is drunk.

For him was that child of whom the poet speaks, impure, through and through impure.

Any of these elements lacking, and the life is wanting, defective, impure.

It is true we are able to think of his laws in an impure way, but that is our fault, not his.

There are pure and impure pleasures—pure and impure sciences.

She had been impure—but her impurity swathed her in mystic seductiveness.

Well, let them soil with their impure slaver the hem of our garments.

We must work not on the object, but on the impure mind affected by the object.

Only Bahelias and other impure castes will take food from them.

WORD ORIGIN

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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