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Definitions of puritan

  1. morally rigorous and strict; " blue laws"; " the puritan work ethic"; " puritanic distaste for alcohol"; " she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"
  2. a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
  3. adheres to strict religious principles; opposed to sensual pleasures
  4. 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.
  5. One who is scrupulous and strict in his religious life; -- often used reproachfully or in contempt; one who has overstrict notions.
  6. Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.
  7. One who is very strict in his religious life: Puritan, one who in the 16th and 17th centuries insisted upon having simpler forms of faith and worship than those established by law.
  8. Pertaining to the Puritans or their doctrine or practice.
  9. Pertaining to the Puritans.
  10. Puritanical.
  11. Pertaining to the Puritans; scrupulously rigid in morals. Puritanic; Puritanical.
  12. One of a sect of English Protestants ( 1559) who advocated popular rights and opposed ritualism and all laxity of morals.
  13. One of the Pilgrim setlers of New England.
  14. Puritanism.
  15. An advocate for purity of religious doctrine and practice; specially one of a body of nonconformists in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, who insisted on rigid adherence to the simplicity prescribed in these matters in the sacred Scriptures.
  16. One who affects rigid purity in religious matters; a name given in contempt to a dissenter in the reign of Elizabeth and in those of her two successors.
  17. Pert. to the Puritans or early dissenters.

Usage examples for puritan

  1. Are they of Puritan origin?" – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. Of his books the volumes on the Puritan colonies are distinctly of a higher order than his volume on the southern colonies. – England in America, 1580-1652 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  3. The chief of the council cast a glance behind him, saw a number of grim Puritan soldiers, with their hats plucked down upon their brows, looking very serious; so made his bow, and quite changed his line of conduct. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  4. A good many of the settlers were Oxford and Cambridge men, though more indeed came from Cambridge than from Oxford, as Cambridge was much the more Puritan of the two. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  5. The Catholic doctrine, however, while at first sight it appears to be identical with the Puritan, is actually quite distinct. – An Outline of Sexual Morality by Kenneth Ingram
  6. We must never forget what a great deal of the Puritan there remained in Browning to the end. – Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton
  7. The following varieties were sown March 13, and set out May 14. It was difficult to detect any difference between Puritan, Gilt Edge, Denmark, Prize Earliest, Best Early, Snowball, and Erfurt, as they showed less variation than appeared between the same sorts from different seedsmen. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  8. He accepted the invitation, and in 1628 visited the Puritan settlement. – England in America, 1580-1652 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  9. Was also a friend of both Pilgrim and Puritan. – The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete by Azel Ames
  10. It must have come to me from my pioneer, Puritan ancestry. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  11. Am I to do the old- school Puritan with him, or what? – Esther by Henry Adams
  12. He understood the Queen, and was not far wrong in his estimation of Charles, but he was mistaken in thinking the king's party to be in earnest about Catholicism, and was as wide of the mark in grasping the archbishop's bent as any Puritan in the realm. – Studies from Court and Cloister by J.M. Stone
  13. He was an elderly fellow who had once been a Puritan, and still cherished a trace of the Puritan modes of speech. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  14. There are a number of names which, if they had been found as Christian names, might have been supposed to be of Puritan origin, but which as surnames must be otherwise accounted for. – Surnames as a Science by Robert Ferguson
  15. I'd rather find a pagan than a Puritan at Green Gardens any day. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  16. The second charge comes from the Puritan. – Paradoxes of Catholicism by Robert Hugh Benson
  17. Of all the Puritan fanatics! – The Grafters by Francis Lynde
  18. Could all the Puritan fathers have done more? – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  19. " No," says I, feeling the old Puritan blood beginning to boil up. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  20. The Puritan seeing the boy's frightened gaze, and feeling that he trembled under his hand, endeavored to reassure him. – From-Twice-Told-Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel
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