purism

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noun pur·ism \ˈpyu̇r-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of purism

  1. 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. 2 :  the quality or practice of adherence to purity especially in language

1777

First Known Use of purism

1777


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