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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
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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
PURITAN Defined for Kids

puritan

noun pu·ri·tan \ˈpyr-ə-tən\

Definition of PURITAN for Kids

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

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