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Definition of "impurity" []

  • The quality or condition of being impure, especially: (noun)
  • Contamination or pollution. (noun)
  • Lack of consistency or homogeneity; adulteration. (noun)
  • A state of immorality; sin. (noun)
  • Something that renders something else impure; an inferior component or additive. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impurity" in a sentence
  • "The frequency with which this character of "impurity" is ascribed to evil spirits -- some twenty times in the Gospels -- is not to be overlooked. and he cried out -- as follows:"
  • "This will sound a bit like a Zen koan, but I don't think people are meant to be pure, because impurity is the very essence of our purity."
  • "The rhetoric of desecration and impurity is precisely the rhetoric of the discourse of blasphemy."