Definitions for: Purist


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Pur"ist, n. [Cf. F. puriste.]
1. One who aims at excessive purity or nicety, esp. in the
choice of language.

He [Fox] . . . purified vocabulary with a
scrupulosity unknown to any purist. --Macaulay.

2. One who maintains that the New Testament was written in
pure Greek. --M. Stuart.

See Also: bookworm, pedant, scholastic

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