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Definition of the noun puritan

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noun - plural:

  • puritan: puritans
  • Puritan: Puritans

  1. a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: Protestant = an adherent of Protestantism
  2. someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: abstainer / ascetic = someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  3. a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum

Alternative definition of the noun puritan


  1. (often disapproving): a puritanical person

Definition of the adjective puritan

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  1. (often disapproving): acting or behaving according to the Puritan morals (e.g. propagating modesty), especially with regard to pleasure, nudity and sex


Puritan was the 1885 America's Cup defender.

Phrases with Puritan

  1. Puritan Work Ethic
  2. Puritan Tiger Beetle

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Puritan

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Hair (2006)

A Cultural History by Victoria Sherrow

Many Puritan men wore a short hairstyle that led the Cavaliers to nickname them "Roundheads." Members of the Parliamentary Party, which politically opposed the monarchy, were then classified as Roundheads. Most Roundheads were ...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopaedia of World History

It was during that year, according to Fuller's Church History, that the word ' Puritan ' was first applied to ' the opposers of the Hierarchy and Church-Service, as smacking of superstition. But profane mouths quickly improved this nick-name, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2008)

by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Amongst Puritans, marriage signified a deep emotional bond between a man and woman. Puritan ministers preached marriage as a “union of souls,” a relationship wherein both partners had a duty to “promote the growth of grace in each other ...

Google previewThe Popular Encyclopedia of Church History (2013)

The People, Places, and Events That Shaped Christianity by Edward E. Hindson, Daniel R. Mitchell

PURITANISM *F 279 PURITAN ISM The Protestant reform movement within the Anglican Church took place during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Puritans advocated “purifying” the Church of England of all religious elements of ...

Google previewSpenser Encyclopaedia (2003)

by A.C. Hamilton

Both demonstrate thatSpenser's imagery, rhetoric, and fablesare constructed withina moderate puritan framework. Hume concludes that 'clerical worldlinessin “Maye” together withan attack, inthefable, on superfluous ceremonies retainedin the ...

Google previewNew American Supplement to the Latest Editions of the Encyclopedia Brittanica (1900)

by Day Otis Kellogg

In addition to these, we possess six formidable vessels for harbor-defense, in the double-turret monitors Amphitrite, Miantonomoh, Monadnock, Monterey, Puritan and Terror. All except the Puritan are of about 4,000 tons displacement, and ...

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Quotes about Puritan

The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. (Thomas Babington Macaulay)
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Scrabble value of P3U1R1I1T1A1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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