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puritan

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noun pu·ri·tan \ˈpyu̇r-ə-tən\

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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of puritan

probably from Late Latin puritas purity

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puritan

adjective, often capitalized pu·ri·tan

Definition of puritan

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

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First Known Use of puritan

1581

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PURITAN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of puritan for English Language Learners

  • 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


PURITAN Defined for Kids

puritan

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noun pu·ri·tan \ˈpyu̇r-ə-tən\

Definition of puritan for Students

  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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