One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures, especially in language or style.
pedant, precisionist, perfectionist, formalist, literalist, stickler, traditionalist, doctrinaire, quibbler, hair-splitter, dogmatist, casuist, sophist, fault-finder, caviller, carper, pettifoggerView synonyms
- ‘Rao has an inimitable style with the purist in him steadfastly refusing to dilute and encash.’
- ‘Chai's dish of choice is far from traditional, but he insists that purists are missing out.’
- ‘It's only a little mark, but its misuse arouses more bad temper among purists than any other punctuation.’
- ‘For purists and traditionalists there's only one choice - tried and tested ceramic.’
- ‘This does defeat the idea that any component can be available to anybody but it is only the technology purists that believe this to be practical.’
- ‘However, Asmita has come in for criticism from purists who feel traditional art forms must not be tampered with.’
- ‘For all its harshness, Ladakh's is a fragile environment, and purists might balk at the kind of meal my hosts cooked that night.’
- ‘However, the author is sore that he has been disowned by Marathi literary purists.’
- ‘Some purists will insist that blackjack and poker are two entirely different games.’
- ‘But the food industry would see her as scaremongering, or at least taking a too purist view of modern nutrition.’
- ‘This was the type of fight that boxing fans like and purists of the ignoble art turn their backs on.’
- ‘A purist approach to the language of the section, taken as a whole, tends to favour Mr Katkowski's approach.’
- ‘How did every one react when you veered away from the purist classical tradition.’
- ‘Traditional purists will bemoan these suggestions as a dilution of tradition.’
- ‘Those out there who are anti-war for the purist of ideological reasons, I salute.’
- ‘Round the world people are just getting on with it, but there will always be the purist styles.’
- ‘Her poetry is quite good, she knows, if a bit too popular for literary purists.’
- ‘A purist and a traditionalist, Gangubai has always believed in the classical tradition of music.’
- ‘But that in itself is not the problem, although it may have the more purist fans of the novel grumbling.’
- ‘You may be a purist and prefer traditional products from European mills, but today it seems it's all about choice.’
2An adherent of Purism.
- ‘The founders of New Earth called themselves Purists.’
- ‘After World War I, when Léger became friends with leaders of the Purist movement in Paris, his work exemplified the machine aesthetic.’
- ‘In Paris he turned to Cubism after meeting Juan Gris and was also influenced by Picasso and the work of the Purists.’
- ‘The monographs include studies of the Bismarck monument in Hamburg, the Gothic Wertheim department store in Berlin of 1904, and Le Corbusier's Purist paintings, interpreted almost as religious icons.’
- ‘Hailing, as he did, from Memphis, having grown up during the Purist tensions of the sixties and seventies, he was already sensitized to the rhetoric.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Cubist mask and the Purist half-object embedded in its field or surround set up reciprocal relationships through their respective placements.’
- ‘First, she overstates the case that the Purist aesthetic which emerged in the 1920s, enchanted with ‘the thing in itself’ and enamored of a certain visual literalism, dominates American photography.’
- ‘He floundered badly until he met Ozenfant in that same year, and they published the painting manifesto Apres le Cubisme and began to create what became their new Purist works.’
- ‘They were to become isolated to the point that they forged a new selfhood born of solitude, inspired by the type of atavistic visual symbolism that Purist painting provided.’
Early 18th century: from French puriste, from pur ‘pure’.
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