Purism Pur"ism, n. [Cf. F. purisme.] Rigid purity; the quality of being affectedly pure or nice, especially in the choice of language; over-solicitude as to purity. ``His political purism.'' --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

The English language, however, . . . had even already become too thoroughly and essentially a mixed tongue for his doctrine of purism to be admitted to the letter. --Craik. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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