pur·ist | \ ˈpyu̇r-ist \

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

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Other words from purist

puristic \pyu̇-ˈri-stik \ adjective
puristically \pyu̇-ˈri-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of purist in a Sentence

a purist who only drinks European wines

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Be a purist and order the classic lemon flavor for a nice balance of tart and sweet. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Don’t be a purist Even at indoor facilities, bouldering and climbing on a rope are very different exercises. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Everything You Need to Know Before Joining a Rock Climbing Gym," 20 June 2018 Which brings us to the flaw in this admirable book: Mr. King is a purist and a dogmatist whose tastes, though deep, are freakishly narrow. Evan Eisenberg, WSJ, "‘Lament From Epirus’ Review: Ode on a Grecian Yearn," 24 May 2018 After a visit to Umai, purists doing a hot-dog tour may wish to reset their taste buds with one of the town’s artisan dogs. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Sacramento is taking its hot-dog game to the next level," 18 May 2018 The Valet Favorite: Ferrari Portofino __ Base price: $219,533__ Ferrari purists like to scoff at the brand's babies, since they're historically built more for show than go, but the Portofino delivers on both fronts. Brett Berk, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 27 Mar. 2018 Both men kept their academic positions and continued teaching, but Bengio, who had built one of the world’s best A.I. programs at the University of Montreal, came to be seen as the last academic purist standing. Vauhini Vara, Fortune, "Can This Startup Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.?," 25 June 2018 The supply-side purists have been able to maintain the fig leaf that their billionaire patrons needed during the decades in which wealth inequality in America kept rising. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "God, Cocaine, Money and Forgetting: A Look at Donald Trump's New Economic Adviser," 12 May 2016 Metal purists may cringe at the vulnerability, but Clarke and the band’s cofounder, guitarist Kerry McCoy, are in the catharsis business. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Deafheaven review: A duel between catharsis and melodrama on 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love'," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of purist

1699, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of purist

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

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