[ pyoor-iz-uhm ]
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  1. strict observance of or insistence on purity in language, style, etc.

  2. an instance of this.

  1. Often Purism .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

First recorded in 1795–1805; pure + -ism

Other words from purism

  • pur·ist, noun

Words Nearby purism

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British Dictionary definitions for purism


/ (ˈpjʊəˌrɪzəm) /

  1. insistence on traditional canons of correctness of form or purity of style or content, esp in language, art, or music

Derived forms of purism

  • purist, adjective, noun
  • puristic, adjective
  • puristically, adverb

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