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purism

noun pur·ism \ˈpyr-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of PURISM

1
:  an example of rigid adherence to or insistence on purity or nicety especially in use of words; especially :  a word, phrase, or sense used chiefly by purists
2
:  the quality or practice of adherence to purity especially in language

First Known Use of PURISM

1803

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