Dictionary: IM-PURE' – IN-AC-CESS'I-BLE

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IM-PURE', v.t.

To render foul; to defile. [Not used.] Bp. Hall.

IM-PURE'ESS, or IM-PU'RI-TY, n. [Fr. impureté; L. impuritas, supra.]

  1. Want of purity; foulness; feculence; the admixture of a foreign substance in any thing; as, the impurity of water, of air, of spirits, or of any species of earth or metal.
  2. Any foul matter.
  3. Unchastity; lewdness. The foul impurities that reigned among the monkish clergy. Atterbury.
  4. Want of sanctity or holiness; defilement by guilt.
  5. Want of ceremonial purity; legal pollution or uncleanness. By the Mosaic law, a person contracted impurity by touching a dead body or a leper.
  6. Foul language; obscenity. Profaneness, impurity, or scandal, is not wit. Buckminster.

IM-PURE'LY, adv.

In an impure manner; with impurity.

IM-PUR'PLE, v.t. [in and purple. Fr. empourprer.]

To color or tinge with purple; to make red or reddish; as, a field impurpled with blood. The bright / Pavement, that like a sea of jasper shone, / Impurpled with celestial roses, smil'd. Milton.


Tinged or stained with purple color.


Tinging or coloring with purple.

IM-PUT'A-BLE, a. [See Impute.]

  1. That may be imputed or charged to a person; chargeable. Thus we say, crimes, sins, errors, trespasses are imputable to those who commit them.
  2. That may be ascribed to; in a good sense. This favor is imputable to your goodness, or to a good motive.
  3. Accusable; chargeable with a fault. [Not proper.] Ayliffe.
  4. That may be set to the account of another. It has been a question much agitated, whether Adam's sin is imputable to his posterity.


The quality of being imputable. Norris.

IM-PU-TA'TION, n. [Fr. from imputer.]

  1. The act of imputing or charging; attribution; generally in an ill sense; as, the imputation of crimes or faults to the true authors of them. We are liable to the imputation of numerous sins and errors; to the imputation of pride, vanity and self-confidence; to the imputation of weakness and irresolution, or of rashness.
  2. Sometimes in a good sense. If I had a suit to Master Shallow, I would humor his men with the imputation of being near their master. Shak.
  3. Charge or attribution of evil; censure; reproach. Let us be careful to guard ourselves against these groundless imputations of our enemies, and to rise above them. Addison.
  4. Hint; slight notice. Qu. intimation. Shak.


That may be imputed.


By imputation. Encyc.

IM-PUTE', v.t. [Fr. imputer; It. imputare; Sp. imputar; L. imputo; in and puto, to think, to reckon; properly, to set, to put, to throw to or on.]

  1. To charge; to attribute; to set to the account of; generally ill, sometimes good. We impute crimes, sins, trespasses, faults, blame, &c, to the guilty persons. We impute wrong actions to bad motives, or to ignorance, or to folly and rashness. We impute misfortunes and miscarriages to imprudence. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Rom. iv.
  2. To attribute; to ascribe. I have read a book imputed to lord Bathurst. Swift.
  3. To reckon to one what does not belong to him. It has been held that Adam's sin is imputed to all his posterity. Encyc. Thy merit / Imputed shall absolve them who renounce / Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds. Milton.

IM-PUT'ED, pp.

Charged to the account of; attributed; ascribed.


One that imputes or attributes.

IM-PUT'ING, ppr.

Charging to the account of; attributing; ascribing.

IM-PU-TRES'CI-BLE, a. [in and L. putresco, to putrefy.]

Not subject to putrefaction or corruption.

IN, adv. [a prefix, L. in.]

Used in composition as a particle of negation, like the English un, of which it seems to be a dialectical orthography; or it denotes within, into, or among, as in inbred, incase; or it serves only to augment or render emphatical the sense of the word to which it is prefixed, as in inclose, increase. In, before l, is changed into il, as in illusion; and before r, into ir, as in irregular; and into im, before a labial, as in imbitter, immaterial, impatient.

IN, prep. [L. in; Gr. εν; Goth. in; Sax. in; Fr. en; Sp. en; It. in; G. in or ein; D. in; Dan. ind; Sw. in; W. yn; Sans. antu.]

In denotes present or inclosed, surrounded by limits; as, in a house; in a fort; in a city. It denotes a state of being mixed; as, sugar in tea; or combined, as carbonic acid in coal, or latent heat in air. It denotes present in any state; as, in sickness or health. It denotes present in time; as, in that hour or day. The uses of in, however, can not, in all cases, be defined by equivalent words, except by explaining the phrase in which it is used; as, in deed; in fact; in essence; in quality; in reason; in courage; in spirits, &c. A man in spirits or good courage, denotes one who possesses at the time spirits or courage; in reason, is equivalent to with reason; one in ten, denotes one of that number, and we say also one of ten, and one out of ten. In the name, is used in phrases of invoking, swearing, declaring, praying, &c. In prayer, it denotes by virtue of, or for the sake of. In the name of the people, denotes on their behalf or part; in their stead, or for their sake. In, in many cases, is equivalent to on. This use of the word is frequent in the Scriptures; as, let fowls multiply in the earth. This use is more frequent in England than in America. We generally use on, in all similar phrases, and this is most correct. In signifies by or through. In thee shall all nation be blessed. I am glorified in them. In a hill, properly denotes under the surface; but in a valley, denotes on the surface of the land. In that, is sometimes equivalent to because. Some things they do in that they are men; some things in that they are men misled and blinded with error. Hooker. In these and similar phrases, that is an antecedent, substitute, or pronoun relating to the subsequent part of the sentence, or the subsequent clause. God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. That is, in the facts stated in the latter clause, for which that is the substitute. Rom. v. In as much, seeing; seeing that; this being the fact. I will ride for health, inasmuch as I am infirm. In is often used without the noun to which it properly belongs. I care not who is in, or who is out, that is, in office, or out of office. Come in, that is, into the house or other place. Who has or will come in, that is, into office. A vessel has come in, that is, into port, or has arrived. To be or keep in with, to be close or near. Keep the ship in with the land.

IN-A-BIL'I-TY, n. [Fr. inhabilité; L. inhabilis; in and habilis, Norm. hable, able.]

  1. Want of sufficient physical power or strength; as, the inability of a man to raise an arm or a leg.
  2. Want of adequate means; as, an inability to purchase a farm, or to fit out a ship.
  3. Want of moral power. Moral inability is considered to be want of inclination, disposition or will, or a deep-rooted aversion to act, and therefore improperly so called. Moral inability aggravates our guilt. Scott.
  4. Want of intellectual strength or force; as, an inability to comprehend a mathematical demonstration.
  5. Want of knowledge or skill; as, an inability to read or write.

IN-A'BLE-MENT, n. [See Enable.]

Ability. [Not in use.] Bacon.

IN-AB'STI-NENCE, n. [in and abstinence.]

A not abstaining; a partaking; indulgence of appetite; as, the inabstinence of Eve. Milton.


Not abstracted. Hooker.


Without abuse. L. North.

IN-AC-CESS-I-BIL'I-TY, or IN-AC-CESS'I-BLE-NESS, n. [from inaccessible.]

The quality or state of being inaccessible, or not to be reached.

IN-AC-CESS'I-BLE, a. [in and accessible.]

  1. Not to be reached; as, an inaccessible highth or rock. The depths of the sea are inaccessible.
  2. Not to be obtained. The necessary vouchers are inaccessible.
  3. Not to be approached; forbidding access; as, an inaccessible prince.