pur·​ist ˈpyu̇r-ist How to pronounce purist (audio)
: 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
puristic adjective
puristically adverb

Examples of purist in a Sentence

a purist who only drinks European wines
Recent Examples on the Web The Arctic panoramas are almost a character themselves, but the show takes a strange turn mid-season into sci-fi/horror that might disappoint potboiler aficionados and procedural purists. David Faris, theweek, 14 Jan. 2024 Who's going: Thrill-seekers, families wanting convenience and low-key vibes, and ski purists who’d sooner be found sipping a Montana pale ale than Champagne at the aprés-ski bar. Caroline Tell, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 To the street-art impresario Steve Lazarides, Invader is a purist in a milieu awash in easy money and obvious gags. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 Modena, Ferrara, and a few other cities in Emilia-Romagna are also considered acceptable locations for mortadella production by purists. Julia Moskin, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 And the four-speed manual transmission and factory roll bar are reminders that this car was meant for motoring purists. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2023 With longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and, since 2003, bassist Robert Trujillo, the band has sometimes alarmed purists with surprising left turns — recording ballads, collaborating with Lou Reed, members cutting their hair. Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Folk purists became an endangered species once the psychedelia movement began in 1967. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 Most of us are not purists and, alas for my mom’s homemade sausage gravy, will add in ketchup or hot sauce with reckless abandon. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 24 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purist was in 1699

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“Purist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purist. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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