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
The frequency with which this character of "impurity" is ascribed to evil spirits -- some twenty times in the Gospels -- is not to be overlooked. and he cried out -- as follows:
This will sound a bit like a Zen koan, but I don't think people are meant to be pure, because impurity is the very essence of our purity.
The rhetoric of desecration and impurity is precisely the rhetoric of the discourse of blasphemy.
The spirit (Ps 32: 2) receives pollution through the flesh, the instrument of uncleanness. perfecting holiness -- The cleansing away impurity is a positive step towards holiness (2Co 6: 17).
Their own inward impurity is reflected in their eyes in the world without them, and hence their asceticism (Tit 1: 14, 15) [Wiesinger].
(1Ki 8: 46). is removed -- as a woman separated from the congregation of God for legal impurity, which is a type of moral impurity.
Israelites, they were, to a certain extent, associated with the notion of impurity; they might be turned to profitable account by their labour or otherwise, but in respect to food they were an abomination.
This chronic human rights condition, which is associated with the notion of impurity, pollution, and practices of "untouchability," involves massive violations of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.
Nora-Jane Noone) who have been committed by their families to the Magdalene Asylum for (sometimes trumped-up) "impurity" -- aka sexual deviance.
Will the Party applaud the rare and welcome victory, or will they deplore the ideological "impurity" that Christie represents?