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1‘every coin was of pure gold’
unmixed, unalloyed, unadulterated, unblended, uncontaminated, sterling, solid, refined, one hundred per cent, 100%
clarified, clear, filtered, distilled, processed, neat, straight, undiluted
flawless, perfect, genuine, authentic, real, actual, bona fide, veritable, pukka, true
2‘they have their health because the air is so pure’
clean, clear, fresh, crisp, refreshing, sparkling, unpolluted, untainted, unadulterated, uncontaminated
wholesome, natural, healthy, health-giving, healthful, good for you
salubrious, sanitary, uninfected, disinfected, germ-free, sterile, sterilized, pasteurized, aseptic
impure, dirty, polluted
3‘she did so want to be pure in body and mind’
virtuous, moral, ethical, good, righteous, angelic, saintly, pious, honourable, reputable, wholesome, clean, honest, upright, upstanding, exemplary, above reproach, irreproachable, innocent
chaste, pure as the driven snow, virginal, maidenly
decent, worthy, noble, blameless, guiltless, sinless, stainless, spotless, unsullied, unblemished, unspoilt, unaffected, uncorrupted, undefiled, anti-corruption
informal squeaky clean
4‘a system that emphasized practical rather than pure research’
theoretical, abstract, conceptual, academic, hypothetical, philosophical, speculative, conjectural, non-practical, non-technical
5‘three hours of pure magic—a show not to be missed’
sheer, utter, simple, absolute, downright, out-and-out, rank, complete, thorough, total, perfect, consummate, unmitigated, unqualified, palpable, patent
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