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1puritan

noun pu·ri·tan \ˈpyr-ə-tən\

Puritan : a member of a Protestant group in England and New England in the 16th and 17th centuries that opposed many customs of the Church of England

: a person who follows strict moral rules and who believes that pleasure is wrong

Full Definition of PURITAN

1
capitalized :  a member of a 16th and 17th century Protestant group in England and New England opposing as unscriptural the ceremonial worship and the prelacy of the Church of England
2
:  one who practices or preaches a more rigorous or professedly purer moral code than that which prevails

Examples of PURITAN

  1. She's a puritan about sex.
  2. <some of the town's puritans still maintain that sex education has no place in the schools>

Origin of PURITAN

probably from Late Latin puritas purity
First Known Use: circa 1567

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

2puritan

adjective, often capitalized

Definition of PURITAN

:  of or relating to puritans, the Puritans, or puritanism

First Known Use of PURITAN

1581

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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