Examples of puritanical in a Sentence
some of the state laws concerning sexual behavior are vestiges of a more puritanical time and are rarely, if ever, enforced
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PERSPECTIVES Some argue drug-testing is a puritanical, pointless racket that just benefits the drug-test manufacturers' bottom line and allows companies to project a clean-cut, anti-drug image.
Machiavelli now made his entry into public life, but only after the fall and execution of Savonarola, a puritanical friar who dominated the republic’s first years.
Puritanical enough to turn heads, the show’s minimalist fashions, designed by Ane Crabtree, pack a punch with their saturated hues; but what's most striking is the clothing’s inherently oppressive, gender-dividing nature.
The commitment has been relatively small given Indonesia’s vast size, but influential in spreading a puritanical, Salafist way of thinking and an atmosphere of intolerance.
America's post-party Puritanical purges have always lasted longer than its hedonistic binges.
When The Handmaid’s Tale was first published, the Republic of Gilead dictatorship could be read as a cautionary tale about the rise of Christian right, grounded on the foundations of America’s puritanical past.
More puritanical editors, priggishly insulated from the world outside, had nothing of Alexander’s verve and excitement, and their journals reflected it.
To be against violence, frightened of fanaticism, acutely conscious of the customary nature of our most devout attachments—without this foundation in realism, political action always pivots toward puritanical self-righteousness.
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First Known Use of puritanical
Synonymsbluenosed, nice-nelly, prim, prudish, straitlaced, Victorian
Related Wordspriggish, staid, stuffy; genteel, proper, refined; decent, honest, moral, right, righteous, upright, virtuous
Near Antonymsliberated, permissive; bad, immoral, improper, indecent, lax, lecherous, lickerish, loose, prurient, wicked; skanky [slang], slatternly, sleazy, sluttish, slutty, trampy; debauched, degenerate, degraded, depraved, perverted
PURITANICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of puritanical for English Language Learners
: very strict especially concerning morals and religion
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