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from The American HeritageĀ® 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 illusionsā€ ( Molly Haskell).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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