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purism

[ pyoor-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈpyʊər ɪz əm /
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noun
strict observance of or insistence on purity in language, style, etc.
an instance of this.
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.
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Origin of purism

First recorded in 1795–1805; pure + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM purism

pur·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for purism

purism
/ (ˈpjʊəˌrɪzəm) /

noun
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, nounpuristic, adjectivepuristically, adverb
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