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Definition of the noun puritan

What does puritan mean as a name of something?

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

What does puritan mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more puritan / most puritan

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


  1. Puritan was the 1885 America's Cup defender.
  2. Puritan a.k.a. USS Puritan: Puritan was an auxiliary minelayer in the United States Navy. Puritan was never commissioned and thus never bore the "United States Ship" prefix showing status as a commissioned ship of the U.S. Navy.
    • also known as یواس‌اس پیوریتن

Phrases with Puritan

  1. Puritan Work Ethic
  2. Puritan Tiger Beetle

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Puritan

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Google previewA Northrop Frye Chrestomathy (2015)

by Robert D. Denham

Puritans and Presbyterians. A Puritan is an individualist and a Protestant armed with Calvinism and logic in full revolt against Catholicism.

Google previewReligion and Drama in Early Modern England (2013)

The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage by Dr Elizabeth Williamson, Dr Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Vllhereas the puritan is a man of upright calf and clean nostril. Voada Setting aside your nose, you should turn Christian. Then your calf swells upward mightily. (6.7—15)' Rabshake suggests that religion “altogether” ...

Google previewConforming to the Word (1997)

Herbert, Donne, and the English Church Before Laud by Daniel W. Doerksen

q Sometimes Traduced": Conforming Puritanism and Herbert According To Overbury's Collection Of Witty And Satirical thumbnail sketches, the "characters," a puritan is a diseased piece of Apocrypha; bind him ...

Google previewReligion and Wine (1996)

A Cultural History of Wine Drinking in the United States by Robert C. Fuller

The term Puritan refers to those Protestants who adhered to the basic tenets of John Calvin's stern theology and who consequently emphasized the importance of a personal conversion experience wherein an individual received assurance of ...

Google previewAlms for Oblivion (1964)

Essays by Edward Dahlberg

The Puritan is a clandestine lecher, and dreams are beasts that come in ...

Google previewThe Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002)

and Other Writings by Max Weber

what is worthy of consideration in particular for the inner disposition of the Puritan is the fact that in him the conviction of belonging to the chosen people of God enjoyed a magnificent renaissance. [273] Just as even the gentle Baxter thanks ...

Google previewAmerican Florist (1888)

The Puritan is a very free blooming rose for its size, and when properly grown the blooms are so grand that they will readily sell for a good price, and make a much better return than many other roses that are considered among the most ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Puritans (2007)

by Charles Pastoor, Galen K. Johnson

The Puritan Gentry: The Great Puritan Families of Early Stuart England . London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984. Davies, Gaius. “Puritan Teaching on Marriage and the Family.” Evangelical Quarterly 27 (January–March 1955): ...

Google previewMassachusetts Encyclopedia (2008)

by Jennifer Herman

Certain prominent Puritan leaders in England, notably John Winthrop, recognized this important neglect of wording on the part of the British. They perceived that if the charter were removed to the American colonies, the colony would virtually ...

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 previewThe New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2005)

by Philip Sheldrake

the Puritan spirit was generally marked by a greater joy and engagement in life than often has been realized. By the early eighteenth century, the movement gave way to the evangelical piety of limit Watts in England and ltlllzllliim Edwards in ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2013)

by Joan Shelley Rubin, Paul S. Boyer, Professor Scott E. Casper

The number of Congregational churches expanded, conversions increased, and Puritan moral values continued as New England's norms. Nevertheless, Saints remained a minority of the population, rival denominations gained adherents, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers) (2012)

by Margery Post Abbott

Puritan clergy meanwhile remade the lives of congregations with sermons and lectures every Sunday, family prayers and Bible study, self-examination, and journal keeping by laypersons. Some stressed the Spirit's power. The Puritan lifestyle ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religion in American Politics (1999)

by Jeffrey D. Schultz, John G. West, Iain S. MacLean

Eventually, the Puritan movement splintered into numerous factions, largely over the issue of church government. Some Puritans accepted the existing Anglican system of government by bishops and the monarch. Others sought a more ...

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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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