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puritan (ˈpjʊərɪtən Pronunciation for puritan

Definitions

noun

  1. a person who adheres to strict moral or religious principles, esp one opposed to luxury and sensual enjoyment

adjective

  1. characteristic of a puritan

Derived Forms

ˈpuritanˌism noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin pūritās purity

Quotations including 'puritan'

  • "The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators" [Lord Macaulay

Puritan (in the late 16th and 17th centuries ˈpjʊərɪtən Pronunciation for Puritan

Definitions

noun

  1. any of the more extreme English Protestants, most of whom were Calvinists, who wished to purify the Church of England of most of its ceremony and other aspects that they deemed to be Catholic

adjective

  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to the Puritans

Derived Forms

ˈPuritanˌism noun

Translations for 'puritan'

  • British English: puritan You describe someone as a puritan when they live according to strict moral or religious principles, especially when they disapprove of physical pleasures. NOUNHe had forgotten that she was something of a puritan.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: puritano puritana
  • Chinese: > 清教徒式的人生活上严格遵守道德或宗教准则、尤指反对物质享受的
  • European Spanish: puritano puritana
  • French: puritain puritaine
  • German: Puritaner Puritanerin
  • Italian: puritano puritana
  • Japanese: 厳格主義者
  • Korean: 청교도
  • Portuguese: puritano puritana
  • Spanish: puritano puritana
  • British English: puritan Puritan attitudes are based on strict moral or religious principles and often involve disapproval of physical pleasures. ADJECTIVEHe was someone who certainly had a puritan streak in him.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: puritano
  • Chinese: > 清教徒式的生活上严格遵守道德或宗教准则、尤指反对物质享受的
  • European Spanish: puritano puritana
  • French: puritain puritaine
  • German: puritanisch
  • Italian: puritano puritana
  • Japanese: 厳格主義者の
  • Korean: 청교도의
  • Portuguese: puritano puritana
  • Spanish: puritano puritana

Example Sentences Including 'puritan'

A narrow-minded feminist puritan with a one-track mind chasing the guru she had somehow misplaced.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
For this is a puritan country, true to its Lutheran roots: the private lives of our public officials have to be beyond reproach.
Taylor, Andy Toy Shop
Yet Paul, he thought, was someone who certainly had a puritan streak in him.
Ferrars, Elizabeth Unreasonable Doubt

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