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 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
She's a puritan about sex.
<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
First Known Use of puritan
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