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puritan

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noun pu·ri·tan \ˈpyu̇r-ə-tən\

Simple Definition of puritan

  • 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. 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. 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


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puritan

adjective pu·ri·tan

Definition of puritan

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



1581

First Known Use of puritan

1581

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PURITAN Defined for Kids

puritan

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noun pu·ri·tan \ˈpyu̇r-ə-tən\

Definition of puritan

  1. 1 cap :  a member of a 16th and 17th century Protestant group in England and New England opposing formal customs of the Church of England

  2. 2 :  a person who practices, preaches, or follows a stricter moral code than most people





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