Impurity Im*pu"ri*ty, n.; pl. Impurities . [L. impuritas: cf. F. impuret['e].] [1913 Webster] 1. The condition or quality of being impure in any sense; defilement; foulness; adulteration. [1913 Webster]

Profaneness, impurity, or scandal, is not wit. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is, or which renders anything, impure; foul matter, action, language, etc.; a foreign ingredient. [1913 Webster]

Foul impurities reigned among the monkish clergy. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

3. (Script.) Lack of ceremonial purity; defilement. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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