puritanism

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noun pu·ri·tan·ism \ˈpyu̇r-ə-tən-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of puritanism

  1. 1 capitalized :  the beliefs and practices characteristic of the Puritans

  2. 2 :  strictness and austerity especially in matters of religion or conduct

Examples of puritanism in a Sentence

  1. the Victorian era was often characterized by a hypocritical puritanism

First Known Use of puritanism

1573


PURITANISM Defined for English Language Learners

puritanism

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Definition of puritanism for English Language Learners

  • Puritanism : the beliefs and practices of Puritans

  • : the beliefs and practices of people who follow very strict moral and religious rules about the proper way to behave and live



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