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purism

Syllabification: pur·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͝orˌizəm
 
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Definition of purism in English:

noun

1Scrupulous or exaggerated observance of or insistence on traditional rules or structures, especially in language or style.
Example sentences
  • But generally speaking, in our emerging virtual era the stress is no longer on questions relating to style, purism, or historical tradition.
  • Keen on tradition but not on purism, Moore's country, blues and waltz repertoire includes covers and original songs, some self-penned, others written by her bandmates Peter Hay and Randall Lawrence.
  • Owen later mirrors his father's retreat into the classical past by converting to Irish language purism, signalled by his decision to restore the seventh-century name of the Murren instead of Anglicizing it.
2 (Purism) An early-20th-century artistic style and movement founded by Le Corbusier and the French painter Amédée Ozenfant (1886–1966) and emphasizing purity of geometric form. It arose out of a rejection of cubism and was characterized by a return to the representation of recognizable objects.
Example sentences
  • Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Purism, Neo-Plasticism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, social realism, his art experienced them all.
  • These included, as he wrote in his journals, Cubism, Futurism, Purism, Orphism, Expressionism, Dadaism, Surrealism, ‘and an avalanche of exposed secrets.’
  • Until 1926 he painted in the cool style characteristic of Purism, depicting such objects as bottles and glasses in profile.

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