- strict observance of or insistence on precise usage or on application of formal, often pedantic rules, as in language, art, etc.
- an instance of this
Origin of purismFrench purisme from pur, pure
- 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 )
- An example of purism.