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puritanism (ˈpjʊərɪtənɪzəm) 

Definitions

noun

  1. behaviour or beliefs that are based on strict moral or religious principles, especially the principle that people should avoid physical pleasures.   ⇒ the tight-lipped puritanism of the Scottish literary world

Synonyms

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= strictness, austerity, severity, zeal, piety, rigidity, fanaticism, narrowness, asceticism, moralism, prudishness, rigorism, piousness

Quotations including 'puritanism'

  • "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy" [H.L. Mencken

Puritanism (ˈpjʊərɪtənˌɪzəm) 

Definitions

noun

  1. (history, Protestantism) the set of beliefs that were held by the Puritans   ⇒ Out of Puritanism came the intense work ethic.

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 pūritāspurity

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

Example Sentences Including 'puritanism'

Americans are nice, kind people, but they have this terrible streak of puritanism that is so boring.
Pizzey, Erin For the Love of a Stranger
An enormous Lord Reith glares down, representing puritanism.
Independent (1999)
Ironically, LA was once the land of the legendary three-martini lunch but there's a new puritanism sweeping California.
The Australian (2004)
It seems, alas, as if sometimes the chaotic freedom of America can be maintained only by incessant bouts of panic and puritanism.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Methodists, to the core, imbued with that ancient, powerful, crazy-Dutch puritanism.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)
There was a strange streak of puritanism : a nod to parenthood would mean having made love to their wives.
India Today (1996)
They are soaked through and through with that old strain of English puritanism that looks on pleasure as a mortal danger.
Hilton, John Buxton The Innocents at Home (A Superintendent Kenworthy novel)

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