purist

noun pur·ist \ ˈpyu̇r-ist \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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

puristic

play \pyu̇-ˈri-stik\ adjective

puristically

play \pyu̇-ˈri-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of purist in a Sentence

  1. a purist who only drinks European wines

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First Known Use of purist

1699


PURIST Defined for English Language Learners

purist

noun

Definition of purist for English Language Learners

  • : 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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