puritanical

adjective
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

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puritanically \ ˌpyu̇r-​ə-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce puritanically (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 One common explanation has it that Americans are just too puritanical. Melissa Pandika, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus in the Bay Area: And now they’re hoarding bidets," 31 Mar. 2020 This chasm — between the on-camera depiction of the bucolic real world and the sponcon careers that actually await contestants after filming — is vast, and made all the more stark against the backdrop of the puritanical Right Reasons. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor(ette) To Influencer Pipeline: A Timeline Of Social Media Shilling From Everyone’s Favourite Reality Franchise," 10 Mar. 2020 The puritanical persecution of witches — Salem’s claim to fame — are a slim iota of wrongdoing next to the global pillaging of the Western mercantile class throughout America’s early years. BostonGlobe.com, "At expanded Peabody Essex Museum, a new director strives to put people over things - The Boston Globe," 27 Sep. 2019 But the nineteenth century was so different, so puritanical. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Harper's magazine, "Sex and Sensibility," 28 Oct. 2019 Well, it’s time to escape the puritanical garden tended by Apple and Google. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "How to teach your phone to curse," 17 Dec. 2019 Both the French Laundry and the nearby Napa Valley vineyards reflect the American tension between a quest for luxury and a puritanical commitment to grinding labor. Mary Beth Albright, chicagotribune.com, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 5 July 2019 Many writers in Paris in the 1930s took aim at our puritanical society and tried to open up ways of telling the truth about men and women and lust. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "The Mind–Body Problem," 21 Mar. 2019 Of course, there’s the argument that e-bike riders are somehow cheating themselves out of the proper physical benefits of riding a bike, a criticism that seems thoroughly rooted in our puritanical drive to equate hard work with virtuosity. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "Riding an E-Bike Is Not Cheating," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of puritanical

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Puritanical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puritanical. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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puritanical

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English Language Learners Definition of puritanical

disapproving : very strict especially concerning morals and religion

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