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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to purism
  • n. An advocate of purism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who aims at excessive purity or nicety, esp. in the choice of language.
  • n. One who maintains that the New Testament was written in pure Greek.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who aims scrupulously at purity, particularly in the choice of language; one who is a rigorous critic of purity in literary style.
  • n. One who maintains that the New Testament was written in pure Greek.

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

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


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