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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


  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

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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 previewSociety and Religion in Elizabethan England (1981)

by Richard L. Greaves

Christopher Sutton A puritan is a curious corrector of thinges indifferent. John Introduction.

Google previewAlms for Oblivion (1967)

by Edward Dahlberg

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

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 previewSquaring the Circle (2000)

The War Between Hobbes and Wallis by Douglas M. Jesseph

There was considerably less uniformity among Puritans about what form of church polity should replace episcopacy, because the term Puritan means little more than "non-Anglican Protestant" and is therefore compatible with a variety of ...

Google previewThe History of the Navy During the Rebellion (2008)

by Charles Boynton

The Puritan is a double-turreted ship, while the Dictator has but one turret, and is some twenty feet shorter than the Puritan, and the armament of this latter ship is by far the more formidable one. In other respects they are so similar, that the ...

Google previewGlimpses of Thackeray. Cut from Munsey's Magazine, June 1897. [101]. (1897)

by A. Leach

THE PURITAN is a success and it has been a success from the very first issue. In this respect it must stand alone, or very nearly alone, in the whole history of periodical publishing. We know of no other high grade journal in either America or ...

Google previewReligion and Drama in Early Modern England (2011)

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

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 previewLiterature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 (1997)

by Nigel Smith

On the other hand a drinking song put into the hands of a Parliamentarian or Puritan is a more sinister instrument. 'Keep thy head on thy shoulders' was written by John Lookes to celebrate the execution of the Earl of Strafford (1641): Though ...

Google previewThe New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations (2003)

by Robert Andrews

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. The New York Times 21 November 1930 17 Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

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 previewHistorical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers) (2011)

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 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 ...

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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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