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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puristnoun

    someone who insists on great precision and correctness (especially in the use of words)


  1. puristnoun

    An advocate of purism

  2. puristadjective

    Of or pertaining to purism

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Puristnoun

    One superstitiously nice in the use of words.

    Etymology: puriste, Fr.


  1. purist

    Purism is an arts movement that took place between 1918 and 1925.


  1. purist

    A purist is a person who insists on following traditional rules or structures strictly, particularly in language, art, music, or any other cultural aspects. They strongly believe that certain forms or styles should remain pure and unaltered by modern or unconventional influences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puristnoun

    one who aims at excessive purity or nicety, esp. in the choice of language

  2. Puristnoun

    one who maintains that the New Testament was written in pure Greek

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. puriste.]


  1. Purist

    A purist is one who desires that an item remain true to its essence and free from adulterating or diluting influences. The term may be used in almost any field, and can be applied either to the self or to others. Use of the term may be either pejorative or complimentary, depending on the context. Because the appellation depends on subjective notions of what is "pure" as opposed to "adulterating" as applied to any particular item, conflict can arise both as to whether a person so labeled is actually a purist and as to whether that is desirable. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the term dates from 1706 and is defined as "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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purist in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of purist in a Sentence

  1. Raymond Chandler:

    Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

  2. Paul Anka:

    Sinatra had started to understand that he needed to do pop songs, which he hated, he was a purist of the standards. He hated Presley, and only liked me because I made money for the mob in Vegas. When my record company caught wind of it, they were pissed that I did n’t keep it for Paul Anka -LRB- left -RRB-. I said, ‘ Hey, I can write it, but I ’m not the guy to sing it. ’ It was for Frank, no one else.

  3. Eric Yuan:

    He had the advantage, in retrospect, that that's the only thing he grew up with, right ? In a sense, one of his strengths is that he's a purist to That SaaS model.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    I mean, he goes around portraying himself as this purist -- you know, Ted Cruz, the purist on immigration. But I was there two, three years ago, when he was passionately arguing at the committee that we needed to pass immigration reform and needed to bring people out of the shadows.

  5. Delores Goodwin Kelley:

    Barbara Mikulski’s such a purist about who Barbara Mikulski will talk to and work with that it’s almost paralyzing.

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