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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.