pu·​ri·​tan·​i·​cal | \ ˌpyu̇r-ə-ˈta-ni-kəl How to pronounce puritanical (audio) \

Definition of puritanical

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by a rigid morality
2 : puritan

Other Words from puritanical

puritanically \ ˌpyu̇r-​ə-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce puritanical (audio) \ adverb

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
Recent Examples on the Web Her only competition has been Shara Wheeler, popular girl and daughter to her puritanical high school's principal. EW.com, 12 May 2022 The fever for abstemiousness also caught on in the US, which will forever be known as both puritanical and hedonistic; the challenge of refraining from drinking for 31 days has seemed to energize those eager to observe secular Lents. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 Apr. 2022 This out-of-the-blue buyer was a colorless and somewhat puritanical media entity that liked observing traditional employee guidelines and was otherwise devoted chiefly to the bottom line. Brian T. Brown, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Storylines revolve around wooing advertisers, streamlining distribution and placating puritanical politicians. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 The world is probably not much improved — and may be much harmed — when the righteous take a puritanical stance toward the views and associations of teenagers who work at Mojo Burrito. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 Boston is infamous for its puritanical drinking regulations that outlaw deals on drinks—the city’s craft beer and microbrewery scene is renowned. Molly Hanson, Outside Online, 8 Feb. 2022 An unplugged fanatic like Tartuffe is always going to have an unsettling effect on a family—though today our fanatic may as easily be a yoga enthusiast or a New Age seer as a puritanical hypocrite. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2022 Especially now, becoming more of a puritanical country, that seems to continue. ELLE, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of puritanical

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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18 May 2022

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“Puritanical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puritanical. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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