puritanical

adjective pu·ri·tan·i·cal \ ˌpyu̇r-ə-ˈta-ni-kəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of puritanical

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

puritanically

play \ˌpyu̇r-ə-ˈta-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of puritanical in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of puritanical

1598


PURITANICAL Defined for English Language Learners

puritanical

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Definition of puritanical for English Language Learners

  • : very strict especially concerning morals and religion



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