puritan puritan  /ˈpjʊ rə tən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship
  2. (n) someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
  3. (n) a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  • Among their problems, Bindrim believes, were sexual difficulties resulting from puritan teachings that nudity is shameful.

News

  1. Penn family to lead July 4th parade

    A family will be honored by serving as grand marshal of the Town of Barnstable July 4 th parade this year. Naming the Penn family, who own Puritan Cape Cod, is in keeping with the parade’s theme of “Main Street, USA,” town Arts and Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh said in a news release.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Barnstable Patriot

  2. Puritan Awarded New European Patents for PurFlock® Ultra and HydraFlock® Swab Specimen Collection Devices

    Puritan Medical Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of single-use specimen collection devices, announced today that it has been granted two new European patents for its
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

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Quotes

  1. "Puritan lives were overwhelmingly, fantastically literary," writes Vowell, bringing home her title. "The country that became the US bears a closer family resemblance to the devil-may-care merchants of New Amsterdam than it does Boston's...
    on Oct 17, 2008 By: Sarah Vowell Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. Gordon Brown quotes Mark Twain to describe his arrival at uni as a son of the manse: "This was no place for a puritan - and I did not long remain one."
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Gordon Brown Source: Mirror.co.uk

  3. "The extra skin women could hide before is now totally visible," Dr Rey said. "Prior to the sexual revolution, sex was very puritan, in the dark, and in 15 minutes it was over. Now, after two hours we're just getting started and it's done...
    on Dec 30, 2006 By: Dr Robert Rey Source: The Age

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