Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Rigorous in religious observance; marked by stern morality.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Puritans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

  • Same as puritanic.

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

  • adj. exaggeratedly proper
  • adj. morally rigorous and strict
  • adj. of or relating to Puritans or Puritanism

Etymologies

Formation from puritan and -ical suffix to produce definition 1. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While secretly they laughed at what they termed her puritanical notions, they were shrewd enough to realize that they could hardly afford to snub a woman whose husband occupied so prominent a position in the world of affairs.

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  • In counter-protest, newspaper editor Giuliano Ferrara hung up underwear in a Milan auditorium against what he calls a puritanical drive to oust the premier.

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  • Not that Vance Corliss was anybody's fool, nor that his had been an anchorite's existence; but that his upbringing, rather, had given his life a certain puritanical bent.

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  • I sometimes wish GUD didn't publish adult-leaning content so that we could more easily market to perspicacious YA -- but at least in puritanical-US, that would be litigiously dangerous.

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  • The global warming cause is also an attack against pleasure, which is why it is so popular, especially in puritanical societies, among millions of people who have no clue about science.

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  • My father, Richard Hoggart, was one of the witnesses in the real trial and, I guess, helped sway the jury with his insistence that the book, and Lawrence himself, were "puritanical" - not in the sense of hating pleasure but in having respect for one's own conscience.

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  • It was an interesting combination, and its simplicity - Nigel calls it 'puritanical' - was popular, but for me it was just too dry.

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  • People dont like these kind of pictures , it offends them specially the so called puritanical Muslims..but show them the pictures of the havoc on Iraqi streets , the jehhadi attacks, limbless bodies, they wont find fault with it, as all this spiritual terrorism against Humanity is condoned for the greater glory of Misguided Martydom and radical Islam..

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  • Now, Bulgaria isn't what you would call a puritanical country.

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  • To call it puritanical isn't enough because it is a perverse Puritanism... a lewd Puritanism that serves one purpose... to condemn eroticism the better to talk about it, to salivate for weeks and months over tasty details, to evoke fellatio, sperm, genital organs with a delectation disguised as indignation.

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