[pyoo r-iz-uh m]
- strict observance of or insistence on purity in language, style, etc.
- an instance of this.
- (often initial capital letter) Fine Arts. a style of art developed in France in the early 20th century, characterized by the use of simple geometric forms and images evocative of objects produced by machine.
Origin of purism
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Examples from the Web for purism
Such a doctrine is a doctrine of puritanism—or purism, which is worse.The Bertrams
The origin of this terminology seems to me to lie in a bit of purism.The Gunpowder Plot and Lord Mounteagle's Letter
Henry Hawkes Spink Jr.
The simplicity and purism of the tea-room resulted from emulation of the Zen monastery.The Book of Tea
The third party took the name of Peter, or Cephas, as in their Hebrew purism they preferred to call him.The Life of St. Paul
But this was not so much a matter of purism, but rather the old quarrel between Lombards and Tuscans.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
- insistence on traditional canons of correctness of form or purity of style or content, esp in language, art, or music
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Word Origin and History for purism
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