Definition of "purist" [pur•ist]

  • One who practices or urges strict correctness, especially in the use of words. (noun)

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Use "purist" in a sentence
  • "But there is also the other side - what we might call the purist side - the side that appreciates great clutch plays no matter how foolish it was to punt to DeSean Jackson, he still had to score that touchdown, amazing passes, brilliant pass-rushing schemes and all the rest."
  • "Remember, this is the President who's only really lost his temper publicly with people like them - he labeled their positions, which were both more pragmatic and popular than his own, as "purist" - and whose Administration once singled out "the institutional left" for its nastiest attacks."
  • "I get called a purist all the time for seeking purity but I do make consessions where I know I must."