pur·​ism | \ ˈpyu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce purism (audio) \

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

Examples of purism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intellectual impoverishment is the price of ideological purism. Ian Schwartz, National Review, 28 Mar. 2022 One of best creations at BLK Dot is borderline sacrilegious in its rejection of purism: a VTM layered with grassy high-grade Uji matcha, two distinct and pleasantly bitter tones that complement rather than trample each other. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2022 Which was disappointing for Corvette fans who'd come to expect the Z06 to embody a certain track-rat purism, defined by low weight and a high-revving, naturally aspirated V-8. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 But in the 1980s the band pivoted from their early purism, and Moloney emerged as a composer, writing new music steeped in Irish tradition. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 But in the 1980s the band pivoted from their early purism, and Mr. Moloney emerged as a composer, writing new music steeped in Irish tradition. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 At first blush, this purism makes perfect sense; a museum devoted to the human and natural history of California ought to celebrate its native plants. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 23 June 2021 The campaign to create the agency failed in part because of Nader’s purism. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 For all their pizza purism, Da Michele’s pizzaioli seem to revel in flouting conventions. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of purism

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Purism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purism. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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