[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 puristic
They wrote poems in the puristic language and compared their works in stimulating friendliness.Life Immovable
The puristic revival had not yet set in, and Sannazzaro's style-200- shows no servile imitation of his model.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
In Vida's Ars Poetica there are abundant evidences of the rhetorical and especially the puristic tendencies of modern classicism.A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance
Joel Elias Spingarn
- 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 puristic
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