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

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Other Words from purist

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

Examples of purist in a Sentence

a purist who only drinks European wines

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Hamid is a bit of a purist for early-stage investing, though Schlein said the decision was not solely his. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Mary Meeker, the legendary internet analyst, is leaving Kleiner Perkins," 14 Sep. 2018 Some pedal-pushing purists are pressing the company to take tougher action. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ready, Set, Cheat: Electric Bikers Zoom Past Mad Pedalers on Cycling App," 4 Jan. 2019 Some purists may look down on the cutesy, slightly flat keys, but their travel is well-measured. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Some basketball purists may have wanted to see an upstart Toronto Raptors team reach the Finals after winning the most games in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors vs. Cavs, Round 4: Is this good for the NBA?," 30 May 2018 That angered some Jeep purists who love the old look. Tom Krisher, Houston Chronicle, "Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market," 16 Jan. 2018 Can a colon cleanse detoxify your body to its purist form? Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 And a straight-to-Netflix release would likely alienate Academy members who remain purists about only awarding films with a major theatrical rollout, not just those that receive a qualifying run in at least one Los Angeles theater. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Netflix Sees Oscar Gold in ‘Roma,’ but Hollywood Isn’t So Sure," 17 Nov. 2018 Among soccer purists, the prospect of playing on turf ranges from distasteful to dangerous. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 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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to boil down or concentrate

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