Debase vs Pure - What's the difference?

debase | pure |

As a verb debase

is to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.

As a noun pure is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
  • (archaic) To lower in position or rank.Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
  • To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
  • Synonyms

    * adulterate, degrade, demean

    Derived terms

    * debased * debasedness * debasement * debaser * undebased







  • Free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records.
  • (senseid)Free of foreign material or pollutants.
  • * (Isaac Watts) (1674-1748)
  • A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy.
  • Free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean.
  • * Bible, v. 22
  • Keep thyself pure .
  • (label) Done for its own sake instead of serving another branch of science.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason. The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy.}}
  • (label) Of a single, simple sound or tone; said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
  • (label) Without harmonics or overtones; not harsh or discordant.
  • Synonyms

    * perfect * innocent * See also


    * impure, contaminated * (done for its own sake) applied

    Derived terms

    * pure finder * as pure as the driven snow


    (en adverb)
  • (Liverpool) to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.
  • You’re pure busy.


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