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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Let's not get too wrapped up in purism to be pragmaticThey party should get control of this and put up a winner, Hillary.
I work out my sexual frustration by going to the utmost extreme in Icelandic purism.
Such a doctrine is a doctrine of puritanism -- or purism, which is worse.
I also said that Barack Obama -- like some other Democrats before him -- is preaching a kind of purism that rarely succeeds in American politics.
In many ways the fixed-gear trend appears to be an attempt at "purism," both mechanical and aesthetic.
By wasting your time attacking me, it's your absurd purism which is letting them off the hook.
Without subscibing to the 'purism' fallacy, I just wonder how authentic such a language can be.
I don't care about "purism" or what other fanatics think/say.
So take your assumptions about my "purism" or "squeaks and squawks" and shove them, one at a time, right up your ass.
"purism" was the fashion, and there was a more marked tendency to spell out the words laboriously in preference to using signs with a phonetic complement as an aid in suggesting the reading desired in any given instance.