precisian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From precise +‎ -ian.

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Noun[edit]

precisian (plural precisians)

  1. A religious purist; a Puritan.
  2. Someone who strictly observes the rules; a pedant or stickler.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger Poeple's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 47:
      Her speech was hardly more grating upon him, precisian though he was, than the careless, untutored lapses of a child might have been; all the senses of comparison as readily ignored them.
    • 1911, Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson:
      “A sister of mine will be there,” explained the one, knowing the Duke to be a precisian.

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