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purism

[pyoo r-iz-uh m] /ˈpyʊər ɪz əm/
noun
1.
strict observance of or insistence on purity in language, style, etc.
2.
an instance of this.
3.
(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
1795-1805
1795-1805; pure + -ism
Related forms
purist, noun
puristic, puristical, adjective
puristically, adverb
hyperpurist, noun
nonpuristic, adjective
unpuristic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for purist
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  • In the end, indeed, even so ardent a purist as Richard Grant White adopted it, as he did to placate.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • Or was he only a purist in conduct who disapproved of Jacobus doing his own touting?

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • A policeman is now and then called, by some purist or stickler for etiquette, an esclopnam.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The purist does not use the word pantaloons even, but trousers.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • It has been said that on occasion his work contained passages a purist would not have passed.

British Dictionary definitions for purist

purism

/ˈpjʊəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
insistence on traditional canons of correctness of form or purity of style or content, esp in language, art, or music
Derived Forms
purist, adjective, noun
puristic, adjective
puristically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for purist
n.

"stickler for purity," 1706, from pure + -ist; on model of French puriste (1580s), originally in reference to speech.

purism

n.

1803, of language, from French purisme (see purist + -ism). As a movement in art from 1921.

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