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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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 previewThe Encyclopaedia and Dictionary of Education (1922)

A Comprehensive, Practical and Authoritative Guide on All Matters Connected with Education, Including Educational Principles and Practice, Various Types of Teaching Institutions, and Educational Systems Throughout the World by Foster Watson

Whilst the Puritan religion of England consisted of visualization of the old Hebraic experiences, as directed by God, transferred to the needs of an England — which would be at its best, if assimilating itself to the past of Palestine- — it was ...

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 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, ...

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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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