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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Not for fries purists, but purism does tend to take the fun out of things. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Friday is Fry Day — National French Fry Day, that is. Here are a few faves.," 13 July 2018 For other world history purists, the only correct syllabus is the current one. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt," 21 June 2018 Both drew little critical acclaim and were derided in many purist circles, but the success of their respective diamond-selling 1990 albums, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em and To The Extreme, put them in rarified air. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 The base of Sonic’s slush is sweet, turning off some purist pickle-juice fans who prefer the sour notes, says Scott Uehlein, Sonic’s vice president of product innovation and development. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Done Hiding Their Shameful Secret, Pickle-Juice Drinkers Go Public," 28 June 2018 Professional critics found such works mawkish, and heavy-metal purists dissed Linkin Park in crasser terms—gay or, yes, girly. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Some of these mindblowing combos from Umai might offend hot dog puristsAdvertisement Umai Savory Hot Dogs, with locations in Roseville and Arden Arcade, has a hot dog menu with a dizzying array of toppings and world cuisines. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Sacramento is taking its hot-dog game to the next level," 18 May 2018 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

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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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