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Meaning of PURITAN

Pronunciation:  'pyûureetun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
  2. [n]  adheres to strict religious principles; opposed to sensual pleasures
  3. [adj]  morally rigorous and strict; "blue laws"; "the puritan work ethic"; "puritanic distaste for alcohol"; "she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"

PURITAN is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: blue(a), nonindulgent, prude, puritanic, puritanical
 See Also: abstainer, ascetic, disagreeable person, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pu"ri*tan\, n. [From {Purity}.]
    1. (Eccl. Hist.) One who, in the time of Queen Elizabeth and
       the first two Stuarts, opposed traditional and formal
       usages, and advocated simpler forms of faith and worship
       than those established by law; -- originally, a term of
       reproach. The Puritans formed the bulk of the early
       population of New England.
    Note: The Puritans were afterward distinguished as Political
          Puritans, Doctrinal Puritans, and Puritans in
          Discipline. --Hume.
    2. One who is scrupulous and strict in his religious life; --
       often used reproachfully or in contempt; one who has
       overstrict notions.
             She would make a puritan of the devil. --Shak.
  2. \Pu"ri*tan\, a.
    Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or
    characteristic of, the Puritans.