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im·pu·ri·ty

 (ĭm-pyo͝or′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. im·pu·ri·ties
1. The quality or condition of being impure, especially:
a. Contamination or pollution.
b. Lack of consistency or homogeneity; adulteration.
c. A state of immorality; sin.
2. Something that renders something else impure; an inferior component or additive.

impurity

(ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality of being impure
2. an impure thing, constituent, or element: impurities in the water.
3. (Electronics) electronics a small quantity of an element added to a pure semiconductor crystal to control its electrical conductivity. See also acceptor2, donor5

im•pu•ri•ty

(ɪmˈpyʊər ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being impure.
2. Often, impurities. something that is or makes impure: to remove impurities from the air.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impurity - worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product - any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
2.impurity - the condition of being impure
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
adulteration, debasement - being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
admixture, alloy - the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something
contamination, taint - the state of being contaminated
dirtiness - the state of containing dirty impurities
putridity - the state of being putrid
pollution - undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities
pureness, purity - being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material

impurity

noun
1. (often plural) dirt, pollutant, scum, grime, contaminant, dross, bits, foreign body, foreign matter The air is filtered to remove impurities.
2. contamination, infection, pollution, taint, filth, foulness, defilement, dirtiness, uncleanness, befoulment The soap is boiled to remove all traces of impurity.

impurity

noun
Translations
عَدَم نَقاوَه، تَلَوُّثفَساد، تَلَوُّث
nečistota
urenurenhed
erkölcstelenségszennyeződéstisztát lanságtisztátalanság
e-î sem spillir/mengar; sorimengun
nečistota
arı/saf olmayışkarışıkkatışık

impurity

[ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ] Nimpureza f

impurity

[ɪmˈpjʊərɪti] nimpureté f

impurity

nUnreinheit f; (of food)Verunreinigung f; (of motives)Unsauberkeit f; the impurities in the liquiddie Verunreinigungen in der Flüssigkeit

impurity

[ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ] nimpurità f inv

impure

(imˈpjue) adjective
dirty, with other substances mixed in; not pure. impure air; The water is impure.
imˈpurity noun
1. something which is mixed into another substance, but which should not be. There are too many impurities in this steel.
2. the state of being impure. Complaints were made about the impurity of the milk.

impurity

n (pl -ties) impureza
References in classic literature ?
The Puritan --if not belied by some singular stories, murmured, even at this day, under the narrator's breath--had fallen into certain transgressions to which men of his great animal development, whatever their faith or principles, must continue liable, until they put off impurity, along with the gross earthly substance that involves it.
The duke, duchess, and Don Quixote had reached this point in their conversation, when they heard voices and a great hubbub in the palace, and Sancho burst abruptly into the room all glowing with anger, with a straining-cloth by way of a bib, and followed by several servants, or, more properly speaking, kitchen-boys and other underlings, one of whom carried a small trough full of water, that from its colour and impurity was plainly dishwater.
You will learn from Poole how I have had London ransacked; it was in vain; and I am now persuaded that my first supply was impure, and that it was that unknown impurity which lent efficacy to the draught.
what perturbation and what evil thoughts, not seeing underneath the sorrows of impermanence, the impurity, the unreality
To this supposed impurity of motive the more bigoted Puritans were inclined to impute the removal by death of all the children, for whose earthly good the father had been over-thoughtful.
I know nothing of the arcana of the Roman Catholic religion, and I am not a bigot in matters of theology, but I suspect the root of this precocious impurity, so obvious, so general in Popish countries, is to be found in the discipline, if not the doctrines of the Church of Rome.
Here was the wicked woman who accused the Master of impurity, all confounded; here was the teaching in the Deer-park; the miracle that stunned the fire-worshippers; here was the Bodhisat in royal state as a prince; the miraculous birth; the death at Kusinagara, where the weak disciple fainted; while there were almost countless repetitions of the meditation under the Bodhi tree; and the adoration of the alms-bowl was everywhere.
Dreadfully staring Through muddy impurity, As when with the daring Last look of despairing Fixed on futurity.
I admired spotlessness, even though I could lay no claim to it, and hated impurity, as I hope I do now.
He says it with such a pitiable air, and his grimy tears appear so real, and he lies in the corner up against the hoarding so like a growth of fungus or any unwholesome excrescence produced there in neglect and impurity, that Allan Woodcourt is softened towards him.
But at the same time just this aim demands the greatest efforts of us; and so, led astray by pride, losing sight of this aim, we occupy ourselves either with the mystery which in our impurity we are unworthy to receive, or seek the reformation of the human race while ourselves setting an example of baseness and profligacy.
Kasatsky belonged to those men of the eighteen-forties (they are now no longer to be found) who while deliberately and without any conscientious scruples condoning impurity in themselves, required ideal and angelic purity in their women, regarded all unmarried women of their circle as possessed of such purity, and treated them accordingly.