purist


pur·ist

noun \ˈpyr-ist\

: a person who has very strong ideas about what is correct or acceptable and who usually opposes changes to traditional methods and practices

Full Definition of PURIST

:  a person who adheres strictly and often excessively to a tradition; especially :  one preoccupied with the purity of a language and its protection from the use of foreign or altered forms
pu·ris·tic \py-ˈris-tik\ adjective
pu·ris·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PURIST

  1. a purist who only drinks European wines

First Known Use of PURIST

circa 1706

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