from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being impure, especially:
- n. Contamination or pollution.
- n. Lack of consistency or homogeneity; adulteration.
- n. A state of immorality; sin.
- n. Something that renders something else impure; an inferior component or additive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being impure; because of contamination, pollution, adulteration or insufficient purification.
- n. A component or additive that renders something else impure.
- n. A state of immorality or sin; especially the weakness of the flesh: inchastity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition or quality of being impure in any sense; defilement; foulness; adulteration.
- n. That which is, or which renders anything, impure; foul matter, action, language, etc.; a foreign ingredient.
- n. Lack of ceremonial purity; defilement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or quality of being impure, in either a physical or a moral sense.
- n. That which is or makes impure, physically or morally: as, impurities in a liquid.
- n. Synonyms Uncleanness, dirtiness, filthiness; immodesty, ribaldry, grossness, vulgarity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
- n. the condition of being impure
impure + -ity (Wiktionary)