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[pyoo r-iz-uh m] /ˈpyʊər ɪz əm/

strict observance of or insistence on purity in language, style, etc.
an instance of this.
(often initial capital letter) Fine Arts. a style of art developed in France in the early 20th century, characterized by the use of simple geometric forms and images evocative of objects produced by machine.
insistence on traditional canons of correctness of form or purity of style or content, esp in language, art, or music

1803, of language, from French purisme (see purist + -ism). As a movement in art from 1921.


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