from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The practices and doctrines of the Puritans.
- n. Scrupulous moral rigor, especially hostility to social pleasures and indulgences: "Puritanism is the source of our greatest hypocrisies and most crippling illusions” ( Molly Haskell).
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- n. The beliefs and practices of the Puritans
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrines, notions, or practice of Puritans.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Strictness of religious life; puritanic strictness in religious matters.
- n. The principles and practices of the Puritans.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the beliefs and practices characteristic of Puritans (most of whom were Calvinists who wished to purify the Church of England of its Catholic aspects)
- n. strictness and austerity in conduct and religion
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