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  • adj. Archaic form of puritanical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
  • adj. Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; -- often used by way of reproach or contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Puritans or their doctrines and practice.
  • Very scrupulous in religious matters; exact; rigid: often used in contempt or reproach.
  • Synonyms See Puritan, a.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. morally rigorous and strict


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  • A typical puritanic wanker of the new political elite, living in a fantasy world of their own making, concerned with their own pet causes that have no relevance to the lives of ordinary people.

    Crass stupidity.

  • A nation that sought to create, simultaneously, in the same people, a glutton's greed for food, comfort, and possessions—and a puritanic morality….

    A Specter is Haunting Texas

  • We grieved at that robust and shrewd land's fatal weakness for making right, then wrong decisions, and standing by the latter beyond all reason and with puritanic perversity…

    A Specter is Haunting Texas

  • If you are cajoled by the cunning arguments of a trumpeter of heresy, or the praises of a puritanic old woman, is not that womanish? —

    The Abbot

  • Mr. And Mrs. Sidney Webb were touched to their puritanic quick.

    Clifford Hugh Douglas (1879-1952)

  • It is alright, I guess, when he gets his puritanic streak up and goes after people he does not like.

    Keith Olbermann calls out Rush Limbaugh for saying why he thinks John Edwards cheated on Elizabeth.

  • The italics are mine; but the suggestion was always implicit; yet this constant wind of puritanic hatred blowing against him helped instead of hindering his progress: strong men are made by opposition; like kites they go up against the wind.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • The Times, for example, were poisonously puritanic, but thinking people came over to his side in a body.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Yes, in an article criticizing the utopian dreams of man as being unrealistic or racist, he assigns an equal place to the totalitarian daydreams of Plato, the puritanic communism of Thomas Moore, and the desire of some families to have a backyard.

    SF Tidbits Part VIII

  • And above all, without prejudice to others, he must have such godly, innocent, puritanic souls as thou, honest Anthony, who defy



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