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Pure, 1) free from mixture, unalloyed: “p. gold,” Gent. II, 4, 171. Rom. V, 3, 299. “he is p. air and fire,” H5 III, 7, 22. Hence figuratively, == a) mere, sheer: “a halting sonnet of his own p. brain,” Ado V, 4, 87. “p. idolatry,” LLL IV, 3, 75. “dry-beaten with p. scoff,” V, 2, 263. “what follows is p. innocence,” Merch. I, 1, 145. “with safety of a p. blush,” As I, 2, 30 (a blush and nothing else). “who after me hath many a weary step limped in p. love,” II, 7, 131. IV, 3, 3. All's III, 4, 38. “p. fear,” H4B II, 4, 352. “blush for p. shame,” H6A II, 4, 66. “of p. devotion,” H6B II, 1, 89. “we did it for p. need,” H6B II, 1, 89 H6C III, 1, 13. R3 IV, 1, 4. H8 II, 3, 95. Caes. II, 2, 78. Lr. II, 4, 127. Oth. V, 2, 205. Per. III, 2, 17.
b) absolute, perfect, not impaired or adulterated in any manner: “to mingle p. perfection with impure defeature,” Ven. 736. “welcome, p. wit,” LLL V, 2, 484. “death, made proud with p. and princely beauty,” John IV, 3, 35. “the --st treasure mortal times afford,” R2 I, 1, 177. “in p. truth,” H5 I, 2, 73 “with p. heart's love,” R3 IV, 4, 403 (== sincere, true). “that praise, sole p., transcends,” Troil. I, 3, 244. “the eye itself, that most p. spirit of sense,” III, 3, 106. “let desert in p. election shine,” Tit. I, 16 (not influenced by any other considerations). “to turn your households' rancour to p. love,” Rom. II, 3, 92. “the finest part of p. love,” Ant. I, 2, 152.
2) unsullied, unspotted, undisturbed, clean, clear: “that p. congealed white, high Taurus' snow,” Mids. III, 2, 141. Mids. III, 2, 141 “in p. white robes,” Wint. III, 3, 22. “the --st spring is not so free from mud,” H6B III, 1, 101. “--st snow,” Cor. V, 3, 66. “the meanest bird that flies in the --r air,” Per. IV, 6, 109. “his p. brain . . . doth by the idle comments that it makes foretell the ending of mortality,” John V, 7, 2; cf. “ingrateful man with liquorish draughts greases his p. mind,” Tim. IV, 3, 195 (i. e. naturally clear and undisturbed). “o'er whom his very madness . . . shows itself p.” Hml. IV, 1, 27 (i. e. as having a clear perception of what has happened). Hence in a moral sense, == a) stainless, blameless: “our p. honours,” John IV, 3, 25. “in my p. and immaculate valour,” H4B IV, 3, 41. “that p. blood,” H6A IV, 6, 23. “virtues as p. as grace,” Hml. I, 4, 33. “p. honour,” Cymb. II, 4, 59.
b) innocent, guiltless, chaste: Ven. 69. Ven. 69 Ven. 69 Lucr. 14. Lucr. 14 Lucr. 14 Lucr. 14 531 (a p. compound, i. e. not poisonous). Lucr. 14 Lucr. 14 826 “(p. to Collatine).” Lucr. 14 Lucr. 14 Sonn. 66, 4. 110, 14. Compl. 315. Pilgr. 95. Tp. II, 1, 155. Gent. II, 7, 77. III, 1, 144. III, 1, 144 IV, 2, 88. IV, 3, 21. Err. III, 2, 37. Ado IV, 1, 105. LLL V, 2, 351. Wint. II, 2, 41. John II, 429. R2 IV, 99. H5 I, 2, 32. III, 3, 20. H6A II, 1, 20. V, 3, 182. V, 4, 83. H8 V, 5, 26. Rom. III, 3, 38. Tim. IV, 3, 366. Tim. IV, 3, 366 Mcb. IV, 3, 53. Hml. III, 1, 141. Oth. I, 1, 107. III, 3, 138. IV, 2, 18. Per. V, 3, 69.
Adverbially: “p. for his love,” Tw. V, 86 (== merely). “live the --r with the other half,” Hml. III, 4, 158 (the more chastely, virtuously).
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