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  • adj. comparative form of pure: more pure
  • adj. having a greater purity


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  • Philosophy in fiction tells, among various other matters, of the perils of this intimate acquaintance with a flattering familiar in the 'purer' -- a person who more than ceases to be of else to us after his ideal shall have led up men from their flint and arrowhead caverns to intercommunicative daylight.

    Diana of the Crossways — Volume 1

  • I may have been taught to speak a purer Latin than they, but I could follow the Celtic as easily, though I acted as if I could not.

    Black Horses For The King

  • Even if the work be no more elevated than washing up a trayful of soiled china, a certain thrill is there at the successful completion of the task; and the greater the Augean stable, the purer is the pleasure of him who cleans it.

    White Ashes

  • It is certainly true that the purer is the acetylene burnt, both as regards freedom from phosphorus and absence of products of polymerisation, the longer do the burners last; and it has been claimed that a burner constructed at its jets of some non-porous substance, e.g., "ruby," does not choke as quickly as do steatite ones.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use

  • Neither was his accent now altogether that of Lancashire, for Lee, as is not uncommon, would sometimes speak a purer English than the local vernacular.

    Lorimer of the Northwest

  • They speak a purer Castilian than obtains in like villages of Mexico, and the way they count relationship everybody is more or less akin.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • The people speak a purer Castilian than obtains in like villages of Mexico, and the way they count relationship everybody is more or less akin.

    The Little Town of the Grape Vines

  • The idea of cousinly intimacy to girls is undoubtedly very pleasant; and I do not know whether it is not the fact that the better and the purer is the girl, the sweeter and the pleasanter is the idea.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

  • Let us not forget to look at home, and see if, in the days when the Waverleys constituted almost all our lighter reading, the tone of society was not higher, the spirit more heroic, the current of thought and expression purer, than in these realistic days, when we turn for amusement to descriptions of every quaint vulgarity that makes up the life of the boarding-house or the strolling theatre.

    Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General

  • "It is not a misfortune here," was the answer, "for the higher one is, the purer is the atmosphere;" and he was right enough.

    Recollections of Europe


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