American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries advocated strict religious discipline along with simplification of the ceremonies and creeds of the Church of England.
- n. One who lives in accordance with Protestant precepts, especially one who regards pleasure or luxury as sinful.
- adj. Of or relating to the Puritans or Puritanism.
- adj. Characteristic of a puritan; puritanical.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is very strict and serious in his religious life, or who pretends to great purity of life: first used about 1564, and applied to certain Anabaptists: frequently a term of contempt.
- n. [capitalized] One of a class of Protestants which arose in England in the sixteenth century. The Puritans maintained a strict Calvinism in doctrine, and demanded, in opposition to those who desired a reform of the church service, the substitution of one from which should be banished all resemblance whatever to the forms of the Roman Catholic Church. Large numbers of them were found both in and out of the Church of England, and various repressive measures were directed against them by the sovereigns and by the prelates Parker, Whitgift, Bancroft, Laud, and others. In the reign of Charles I. the Puritans developed into a political party and gradually gained the ascendancy, but lost it on Cromwell's death, and after the Restoration ceased to be prominent in history. During their early struggles many of them emigrated to New England, especially to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. One band of Puritans who separated entirely from the Church were called
Separatistsor Brownists, and from them came the founders of the Plymouth Colony, often called Pilgrim Fathersor Pilgrims.
- n. Synonyms Puritan, Pilgrim. Careful distinction should be made between the Pilgrims or Pilgrim Fathers, who settled at Plymouth in 1620, and the Puritans, who in 1628–30 founded the colony of Massachusetts Bay at Salem and Boston.
- [capitalized] Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Puritans.
- Synonyms Puritan, Puritanic. Puritanic (or puritanical) is now generally used in a depreciative sense; Puritan in a commendatory or a neutral sense.
- n. A member of a particular Protestant religious sect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) 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.
- n. One who is scrupulous and strict in his religious life; -- often used reproachfully or in contempt; one who has overstrict notions.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.
- n. 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
- n. a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
- n. someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
- From Late Latin pūritās, purity (on the model of Medieval Latin Kathari, "the Pure Ones,” a third-century sect of rigorist heretics), from Latin pūrus, pure; see peuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She may look like an uptight puritan (I'm sorry, but mentally I keep seeing her in a Puritan getup, with black dress and black cap.”
“He has indeed given to the term Puritan a number of unexpected meanings, and yet no one can justly question his right to it.”
“The term Puritan, had a threefold application with reference to morals, doctrine and politics.”
“To restrict the term Puritan to Nonconformists is a modern mistake.”
“As C.S. Lewis said, modernity's success at so distorting the word "Puritan" is one of the Enemy's greatest triumphs.”
“Charles was well principled at the bottom, and would have shrunk with horror had it been set before him how dangerous might be the effect of destroying the chance of a friendship between Guy and the only person whose guidance was likely to be beneficial to him; but his idle, unoccupied life, and habit of only thinking of things as they concerned his immediate amusement, made him ready to do anything for the sake of opposition to Philip, and enjoy the vague idea of excitement to be derived from anxiety about his father's ward, whom at the same time he regarded with increased liking as he became certain that what he called the Puritan spirit was not native to him.”
“Today I was in Puritan Poultry in Riberas on Lake Chapala when this guy walks in and asks the owner Chicken Joe for some lamb.”
“Mike, I'd like to think you wouldn't have cheered on witch-burnings in Puritan times.”
“Per Sandra, stay away from the witch museum unless Montgomery Ward mannequins dressed in Puritan clothing appeal to you”
“Guy Fawkes Day, or Pope Day, as it was called in Puritan New England, has been kept as an anniversary since 1605, when the Gunpowder plot was discovered the night before it was to have been executed.”
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