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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Is there anyone on Earth (except maybe cat purists and people with allergies) who could resist a slobbery kiss from this angelic ball of fur? Scottie Andrew, CNN, "For National Dog Day, meet the 2020 hopefuls running for America's First Pooch," 25 Aug. 2019 Physics is largely silent on the question of the optimal crepe filling, but for the record, Boujo is a purist, opting for chocolate. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "No more lumps: Let physics be your guide to making the perfect crepe," 28 June 2019 Anyway, the purists may bristle over the ATP supporting an event that A) has its own format B) is so inextricably tied to one member/player c) hand-picks its field, and is not necessarily open to all eligible players based on ranking. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Seven Reasons Why Mid-Match Coaching is a Terrible Idea," 19 June 2019 Maybe a better description would be that the Warriors are basketball purists. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Now, the real fight begins as Warriors face Pelicans in the second round," 25 Apr. 2018 Impudently modern, often just plain silly, the production melds vintage tunes from the Great American Songbook with contemporary language that would likely outrage many Shakespeare purists. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A ‘Twelfth Night’ to outrage Shakespeare purists with delightful defilement for the rest of us," 28 July 2019 In the time since, the portfolio of Fender earphones has grown to cover budgets from $99 to $1,799 and tastes as diverse as those of bassheads and treble-favoring audiophile purists. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Fender Ten 5 review: all about that treble," 9 July 2019 The risk is that older, core buyers may be turned off by tweaks such as the replacement of the Corvette’s traditional manual transmission, favored by purists, with a high-tech, dual-clutch transmission. David Welchbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "GM defies a shrinking sports car market with its new, sub-$60,000 Corvette," 19 July 2019 Small change versus big change, the pragmatists versus the purists, Pelosi v. AOC. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 14, 2019," 14 July 2019

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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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