from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a pure manner (in any sense of the adjective).
- adv. Nicely; prettily.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without admixture or blemish; in such a way or to such a degree as to be free from anything that is heterogeneous or tends to impair.
- Entirely; wholly; completely; thoroughly; absolutely; quite: as, the whole thing was purely accidental.
- Very; wonderfully; remarkably: as, purely well.
- Innocently; without guilt or sin; chastely.
- Very or wonderfully well; having good health.
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- adv. restricted to something
(P.S. I know you insist you use the term purely descriptively, but "just an arab apologist hypocrite" sounds very like an attempt to belittle or insult - in any event it adds nothing to the debate.)
He was the first peer to receive the title purely because of his literary work.
A similar 2008 document noted that the defense policy is "purely" defensive in nature—the word "purely" is missing in the 2010 edition.
The white house says our troops in Iraq could eventually move to what it termed a purely support role like American troops in South Korea.
They were glad for his sake, as much as for their own, that he was no longer President Grant, but again General Grant, a title purely reminiscent and complimentary, for he was no longer an officer of the army.
In the first place, that they knew nothing of the name or how they got it; and next, that the word Mandan in the Welsh language (it being purely a Welsh word) means red dye, of which further mention will be made.
On tracing the line of life backwards, we see it approaching more and more to what we call the purely physical condition.
The plant is the first of what Iran says will be a network of nuclear facilities that will reduce reliance on its fossil fuels and is a showpiece of what it calls a purely peaceful atomic program.
He first traveled to Tangier in 2006 on what he called a "purely random" impulse, drawn in part by the mythic portrayals of earlier expatriates like Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs.
"The Brown Act does exclude what it calls purely social occasions, but I think it's an insult to the intelligence of the public to ask them to believe that any presentation by a governor to a Legislature is purely social," Francke said.