Definition of Puritan

1. Noun. 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.

Generic synonyms: Protestant

2. Noun. Someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures.
Generic synonyms: Abstainer, Ascetic
Derivative terms: Puritanic, Puritanical

3. Noun. A person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum.
Exact synonyms: Prude
Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Person, Unpleasant Person
Derivative terms: Puritanic, Puritanical

Definition of Puritan

1. n. 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.

2. a. Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.

Definition of Puritan

1. Noun. A member of a particular Protestant religious sect. ¹

2. Noun. (often disapproving): a puritanical person ¹

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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Puritan

1. a rigorously moral or religious person [n -S]

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Literary usage of Puritan

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1. The American Historical Review by American Historical Association (1903)
"THE ANTECEDENTS OF A puritan STATE AN examination of the conditions in Geneva before Calvin's arrival in August, 1536, is a logical introduction to a ..."

2. English Literature: Its History and Its Significance for the Life of the by William Joseph Long (1909)
"Such a movement should be cleared of all the misconceptions which have clung to it since the Restoration, when the very name Wrong °f puritan was made ..."

3. English Literature: Its History and Its Significance for the Life of the by William Joseph Long (1909)
"In its broadest sense the puritan movement may be regarded as a second and greater Renaissance, a rebirth of the moral nature of man following the ..."

4. English Literature by William Joseph Long (1919)
"In its broadest sense the puritan movement may be regarded as a second and greater Renaissance, a rebirth of the moral nature of man following the ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The growth of puritan dissent. part of a large section of the Protestant population with the formularies of the Church of England had been steadily gaining ..."

6. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1890)
"The rector was Stephen Egerton [qv], a noted puritan, but tor some reason he did not preach. Gouge for a time took his place without pay, was then elected ..."

7. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1887)
"While at the university he j was profoundly impressed with the puritan views of religion, and ever after was intensely moved by them. ..."

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