pur·​ist | \ ˈpyu̇r-ist How to pronounce purist (audio) \

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

Other Words from purist

puristic \ pyu̇-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce purist (audio) \ adjective
puristically \ pyu̇-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce purist (audio) \ adverb

Examples of purist in a Sentence

a purist who only drinks European wines
Recent Examples on the Web The purist in me cringed, not wanting to take music into the cathedral of Zion Canyon. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 30 May 2020 At the same time, Kvedaravičius was a documentary purist who in this film, at least, eschews any hint of the kind of nonfiction storytelling that draws people into even the most forbidding of documentaries. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 May 2022 Now, a bit of warning: Your grilling and barbecue purist friends may scoff at you. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 The times, Krymov and the Wilma seem to be saying: Do not cry out for another ritualistic bathing in refined Russian culture, or even in exposure to a purist’s illumination of Chekhov, one of theater’s greatest literary humanists. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 For the sushi purist, this minimalist sushi bar elevates and delivers some of the state's best Japanese food from its Chandler strip mall location. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 On the food side, there are some basics that are important for me as a purist. Rebecca Holland, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 This list includes a wide variety of sushi experiences that will appeal to both the purist and the casual sushi lover. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 Touted as a purist’s sports car, the Porsche 356 A went into production in 1954 alongside its coupé and cabriolet siblings. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of purist

1699, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2022

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“Purist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purist. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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