Definition of purist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͝orəst/


1A person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures, especially in language or style.
Example sentences
  • Chai's dish of choice is far from traditional, but he insists that purists are missing out.
  • A purist and a traditionalist, Gangubai has always believed in the classical tradition of music.
  • However, Asmita has come in for criticism from purists who feel traditional art forms must not be tampered with.
pedant, perfectionist, formalist, literalist, stickler, traditionalist, doctrinaire, quibbler, dogmatist
informal nitpicker
2 (Purist) An adherent of Purism.
Example sentences
  • In the mid 1920s his work became more figurative in a manner recalling Léger and the Purists (he met Léger, Le Corbusier and Ozenfant when he revisited Paris in 1924), and his work met with considerable acclaim in France.
  • ‘L' Esprit Nouveau’ focuses on the work of Le Corbusier and Amedee Ozenfant, founders of the Purist movement, and their colleague Fernand Leger.
  • In Paris he turned to Cubism after meeting Juan Gris and was also influenced by Picasso and the work of the Purists.



Pronunciation: /pyo͝oˈristik/
Example sentences
  • They miss things like this, and spend their time changing the syntax of perfectly serviceable Standard English into some fancy-schmancy puristic alternative version against the author's better judgment.
  • But consider this remark by an economist who is the exemplar of a puristic form of neoclassical economics, Robert Lucas.
  • The puristic approach that avoids any such conflict may be to use each person only once in a global analysis.


Early 18th century: from French puriste, from pur 'pure'.

Words that rhyme with purist

jurist, tourist

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Syllabification: pur·ist

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