- 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
- n someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
- n a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
- Does the ancient puritan connection between virtue and boredom still run beneath the glitzy, pleasure-roiled surface of American .
- Among their problems, Bindrim believes, were sexual difficulties resulting from puritan teachings that nudity is shameful.
- Sarah Vowell in San Francisco Chronicle
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...
- Gordon Brown in Mirror.co.uk
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."
- Dr Robert Rey in The Age
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...