1A person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures, especially in language or style.
- 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.
2 (Purist) An adherent of Purism.
- 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.
- 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 puristjurist, tourist
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