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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Strict observance of or insistence on traditional correctness, especially of language: "By purism is to be understood a needless and irritating insistence on purity or correctness of speech” ( H.W. Fowler).
  • n. An example of purism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insistence on the traditionally correct way of doing things, especially of language
  • n. An example of purist language etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Rigid purity; the quality of being affectedly pure or nice, especially in the choice of language; over-solicitude as to purity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The exclusion of admixture of any kind; the affectation of rigid purity, as in language, style, etc.; specifically, excessive nicety as to the choice of words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. scrupulous or exaggerated insistence on purity or correctness (especially in language)

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