When something is impure, it's not clean or pure. This might mean that the thing is contaminated with dirt, oil, or other substances.

  • The oil was so impure that it started to smoke immediately.

  • The water is not safe to drink because it's too impure.

Definition of impure


having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to dietary or ceremonial laws




combined with extraneous elements


(used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene

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Example Sentences for impure

  • 1

    This sharply contrasts the western view of dirt as impure and contaminated.

  • 2

    It's the impurities in the air and in the water.

  • 3

    Maybe the reaction mechanism is impure.

  • 4

    The soybean absorbs the impurities in the salt.

  • 5

    The water was said to be unsavoury and impure.

  • 6

    These are the diabolical crimes of sexual impurity.

  • 7

    This component consists of the impurity materials.

  • 8

    At this point, the impure men resist and fight.

  • 9

    In the adsorber, the impurity in the gaseous substance is adsorbed.

  • 10

    Pure chromium is the distinct impurity of rubies.