[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 purist
So how as a purist can you really sit at the table with them?The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
It was like, he was the anti-Christ and we came from a snobby, purist direction.How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television
July 23, 2014
He's a conservative, but not a purist; he's a conviction politician—and a pragmatist too.A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges
May 10, 2013
“He is a purist,” says chef Masato Shimizu, who runs the well-regarded sushi restaurant 15 East in New York City.
People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position and no victories for the American people.Obama Finds His Mojo
December 11, 2010
Or was he only a purist in conduct who disapproved of Jacobus doing his own touting?'Twixt Land & Sea
The purist does not use the word pantaloons even, but trousers.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Come and inspect us, unless you're a purist about your Scott!Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then Grey exploded again, and the purist looked from one to the other.Lines in Pleasant Places
But to do without for the sake of principle was ever rapture to the purist.The Madigans
- 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 purist
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