Puritan meaning

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(often disapproving): acting or behaving according to the Puritan morals (e.g. propagating modesty), especially with regard to pleasure, nudity and sex.
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A member of a group of English Protestants who in the 1500s and 1600s advocated strict religious discipline along with simplification of the ceremonies and creeds of the Church of England.
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A person who is very strict or austere in religious practice or moral outlook, especially someone who regards pleasure or luxury as sinful.
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Characteristic of a puritan; puritanical.
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A person regarded as excessively strict in morals and religion.
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(often disapproving): a puritanical person.
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A member of a particular Protestant religious sect.
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Of or relating to the Puritans or Puritanism.
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Any member of a Protestant group in England and the American colonies that in the 16th and 17th cent. wanted to make the Church of England simpler in its services and stricter about morals.
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Of the Puritans or Puritanism.
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Origin of puritan

  • From Late Latin pūritās purity (on the model of Medieval Latin Kathari “the Pure Ones,” a third-century sect of rigorist heretics) from Latin pūrus pure peuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition