Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • adjective Archaic form of puritanical.

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

  • adjective morally rigorous and strict

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Examples

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

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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…

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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