Definition of Impurity

1. Noun. Worthless or dangerous material that should be removed. "There were impurities in the water"

Exact synonyms: Dross
Generic synonyms: Waste, Waste Material, Waste Matter, Waste Product
Derivative terms: Impure



2. Noun. The condition of being impure.
Exact synonyms: Impureness
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Adulteration, Debasement, Admixture, Alloy, Contamination, Taint, Dirtiness, Putridity, Pollution
Derivative terms: Impure, Impure
Antonyms: Purity

Definition of Impurity

1. n. The condition or quality of being impure in any sense; defilement; foulness; adulteration.

Definition of Impurity

1. Noun. The condition of being impure; because of contamination, pollution, adulteration or insufficient purification. ¹

2. Noun. A component or additive that renders something else impure. ¹

3. Noun. A state of immorality or sin; especially the weakness of the flesh: inchastity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Impurity

1. something that is impure [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Impurity

1. Origin: L. Impuritas: cf. F. Impurete. 1. The condition or quality of being impure in any sense; defilement; foulness; adulteration. "Profaneness, impurity, or scandal, is not wit." (Buckminster) 2. That which is, or which renders anything, impure; foul matter, action, language, etc.; a foreign ingredient. "Foul impurities reigned among the monkish clergy." (Atterbury) 3. Want of ceremonial purity; defilement. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Impurity

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Literary usage of Impurity

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"Many new lines have been discovered by the author and some of the old ones resolved. Extreme care was taken to eliminate impurity lines. ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"The Character of this impurity: This depends on the meaning of the Heb. tame, ... impurity was not simply physical, since the usual sources of the evil did ..."

3. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1903)
"In view of the large amount of the impurity, and of the fact that it was removed by passage ... In order to identify the impurity it was desirable to have ..."

4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1864)
"E. and S., had shown lead to be the principal impurity, with frequently a little cadmium, and they found, even in the best samples, traces of sulphur and ..."

5. American Druggist (1891)
"tection of a certain impurity a reagent whose sensitiveness only extends to a limited ... When such a reagent indicates the presence of an impurity at all, ..."

6. Chemical Technology, Or, Chemistry in Its Applications to Arts and Manufactures by Charles Edward Groves, William Thorp, Friedrich Ludwig Knapp, Thomas Richardson, Edmund Ronalds, Henry Watts, William Joseph Dibdin (1903)
"As TO THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OP impurity in each form with which the gas ... By the Acts of Parliament all gas supplied must be wholly free from this impurity. ..."

7. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1884)
"Should foreign substances be present in the water, there will be a black precipitate of reduced silver in proportion to the amount of the impurity. ..."

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