puritanism puritanism  /ˈpjʊ rə tə ˌnɪ zəm/

Definition(s):

  1. (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)
  2. (n) strictness and austerity in conduct and religion

Usage(s):

  1. For decades, the French have relished any opportunity to mock Americans for their supposed childish Yankee puritanism when it comes to matters of sex.
  2. It seemed that Iran's uncertain advance into the 20th century had stumbled again, and that the nation had been thrust back into the dark Islamic puritanism of the 18th century.
  3. In a spasm of puritanism, the police had decided to enforce a 70-year-old law against immorality.

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