Definition of purist in English:


Line breaks: pur¦ist
Pronunciation: /ˈpjʊərɪst


  • 2 (Purist) An adherent of Purism: [as modifier]: Purist painters
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    • 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: /-ˈrɪstɪk/
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  • 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'.

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