V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: someone who insists on maintaining traditional standards or correctness

Synonyms: traditionalist, perfectionist


Tips: Purist is related to the word pure, which means, "not mixed with anything else." A purist likes to keep things as pure as possible, especially when it comes to matters of language. A purist of the English language, for example, would probably object to most slang terms and any incorrect (though socially acceptable) grammar or vocabulary.

Usage Examples:

When it comes to dessert, I am a purist, and I don't like to put liquor over my ice cream. (traditionalist)

She is such a purist when it comes to the English language, she cringes when people use incorrect grammar. (perfectionist)

I'm a purist, so I prefer to eat a piece of fruit by itself, rather than having a fruit salad. (someone who likes to keep things pure)

My professor is too much of a purist and doesn't allow any slang, no matter how fitting, in our essays or class discussions. (traditionalist)

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