Pure vs. True

Pure vs. True — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Pure and True

Pureadjective

Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed

pure oxygen.

Trueadjective

Consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous

the true cost.

Pureadjective

Free of dirt, pollutants, infectious agents, or other unwanted elements

pure water.

Trueadjective

Not counterfeit; real or genuine

true gold.

Pureadjective

Containing nothing inappropriate or extraneous

a pure style of piano playing.

Trueadjective

Conforming to the characteristics or criteria of a group or type; typical

a true crab.a true gentleman.

Pureadjective

Complete; utter

pure folly.

Trueadjective

Properly called

true value.

Pureadjective

Having no moral failing or guilt

"I felt pure and sweet as a new baby" (Sylvia Plath).

Trueadjective

Reliable; accurate

a true prophecy.

Pureadjective

Chaste; virgin.

Trueadjective

Faithful, as to a friend, vow, or cause; loyal.

Pureadjective

Of unmixed blood or ancestry.

Trueadjective

(Archaic) Truthful, honest, or trustworthy.

Pureadjective

(Genetics) Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous

a pure line.

Trueadjective

Sincerely felt or expressed; unfeigned

true grief.

Pureadjective

(Music) Free from discordant qualities

pure tones.

Trueadjective

Rightful; legitimate

the true heir.

Pureadjective

(Linguistics) Articulated with a single unchanging speech sound; monophthongal

a pure vowel.

Trueadjective

Exactly conforming to a rule, standard, or pattern

trying to sing true B.

Pureadjective

Theoretical; not applied

pure science.

Trueadjective

Accurately shaped, fitted, or placed

Are the wheels true?.

Pureadjective

(Philosophy) Free of empirical elements

pure reason.

Trueadjective

Determined with reference to the earth's axis, not the magnetic poles

true north.

Pureadjective

Free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied.

Trueadjective

Quick and exact in sensing and responding

a true ear.

Pureadjective

Free of foreign material or pollutants.

Trueadjective

(Computers) Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.

Pureadjective

Free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean.

Trueadverb

In accord with reality, fact, or truthfulness.

Pureadjective

Mere; that and that only.

That idea is pure madness!

Trueadverb

Unswervingly; exactly

The archer aimed true.

Pureadjective

(of a branch of science) Done for its own sake instead of serving another branch of science.

Trueadverb

So as to conform to a type, standard, or pattern.

Pureadjective

(phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.

Trueverb

To position (something) so as to make it balanced, level, or square

trued up the long planks.

Pureadjective

(of sound) Without harmonics or overtones; not harsh or discordant.

Truenoun

Truth or reality. Used with the.

Pureadverb

(Liverpool) to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.

You’re pure busy.

Truenoun

Proper alignment or adjustment

out of true.

Purenoun

Feces, especially dog feces gathered in pre-20th-century England for use in the tanning of leather.

Trueadjective

(of a statement) Conforming to the actual state of reality or fact; factually correct.

This is a true story.

Purenoun

alternative form of puer

Trueadjective

Conforming to a rule or pattern; exact; accurate.

a true copy;a true likeness of the original

Pureverb

(golf) to hit (the ball) completely cleanly and accurately

Tiger Woods pured his first drive straight down the middle of the fairway.

Trueadjective

(logic) Of the state in Boolean logic that indicates an affirmative or positive result.

"A and B" is true if and only if "A" is true and "B" is true.

Pureadjective

free of extraneous elements of any kind;

pure air and waterpure goldpure primary colorsthe violin's pure and lovely songpure tones

Trueadjective

Loyal, faithful.

He’s turned out to be a true friend.

Pureadjective

without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;

an arrant foola complete cowarda consummate foola double-dyed villaingross negligencea perfect idiotpure follywhat a sodding messstark staring mada thoroughgoing villainutter nonsense

Trueadjective

Genuine.

This is true Parmesan cheese.

Pureadjective

concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied;

pure science

Trueadjective

Legitimate.

The true king has returned!

Pureadjective

(of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or gray or black

Trueadjective

Accurate; following a path toward the target.

Pureadjective

free from discordant qualities

Trueadjective

Fair, unbiased, not loaded.

Pureadjective

used of persons or behaviors; having no faults; sinless;

I felt pure and sweet as a new babypure as the driven snow

Trueadverb

(of shooting, throwing etc) Accurately.

this gun shoots true

Pureadjective

in a state of sexual virginity;

pure and vestal modestya spinster or virgin ladymen have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal

Truenoun

(uncountable) The state of being in alignment.

Pureadjective

not mixed;

pure oxygen

Truenoun

Truth.

Truenoun

A pledge or truce.

Trueverb

To straighten.

He trued the spokes of the bicycle wheel.

Trueverb

To make even, level, symmetrical, or accurate, align; adjust.

We spent all night truing up the report.

Truenoun

proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment;

out of true

Trueverb

make level, square, balanced, or concentric;

true up the cylinder of an engine

Trueadjective

consistent with fact or reality; not false;

the story is trueit is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it truethe true meaning of the statement

Trueadjective

not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin;

real minktrue gold

Trueadjective

conforming to definitive criteria;

the horseshoe crab is not a true crabPythagoras was the first true mathematician

Trueadjective

accurately placed or thrown;

his aim was truehe was dead on target

Trueadjective

devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth;

true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them

Trueadjective

expressing or given to expressing the truth;

a true statementgave truthful testimonya truthful person

Trueadjective

worthy of being depended on;

a dependable workeran honest working stiffa reliable source of informationhe was true to his wordI would be true for there are those who trust me

Trueadjective

not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed;

genuine emotionher interest in people was unfeignedtrue grief

Trueadjective

rightly so called;

true couragea spirit which true men have always admireda true friend

Trueadjective

determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles;

true north is geographic north

Trueadjective

having a legally established claim;

the legitimate heirthe true and lawful king

Trueadjective

in tune; accurate in pitch;

a true note

Trueadjective

accurately fitted; level;

the window frame isn't quite true

Trueadjective

reliable as a basis for action;

a true prophesy

Trueadverb

as acknowledged;

true, she is the smartest in her class