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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On the other hand, maybe some purists long for the complete, inside and out game that 3s discourage. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Here's why the U.S. women's soccer World Cup team did the right thing," 13 June 2019 It’s time, then, to cut short the vigil some purists have kept since Phoebe Philo left the building at Céline. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 The new safety netting, extended past the dugouts, didn't seem to bother anyone, though some baseball purists are sure to yelp. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Dodgers fans are so over last year's disappointment. Well, mostly," 30 Mar. 2018 In the eyes of hip-hop purists, his remarks against the venerated MC was damning and downright abominable. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "03 Greedo on His 20-Year Prison Sentence & Why His Legacy Will Be 'Bigger Than Michael Jackson'," 22 May 2018 Another lone vision in white—the holy grail of fashion purists—is Balenciaga’s wedding dress of spring 1967. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 That’s not likely to make much of a difference to most eyes, but pixel purists will surely notice the change. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei’s P30 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ on power, price, and photography," 26 Mar. 2019 In recent years, a debate has raged through the internet’s culinary quarters, pitting pumpkin purists against backers of the pie-world’s underdog filling. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Your Pumpkin Pie Has a Dark Secret— It’s Made From Squash," 20 Nov. 2018 Some purists will swear by the Hôtel Ritz Paris or Plaza Athénée, but for a woman flying solo, the 48-room Relais Christine on the cozy Left Bank is a lovely option, as is the elegant Hôtel de Vendôme. Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Solo Trips Inspired by Female Travelers in Film," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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