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pyoo ruh tuh ni zuhm

  • 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)
  • n  strictness and austerity in conduct and religion

  • The heresy was aided by the corruption of the clergy of the timeagainst whose wenching and venality the puritanism of the "Pure'' was an attractive contrast.
  • For decades, the French have relished any opportunity to mock Americans for their supposed childish Yankee puritanism when it comes to matters of sex.
  • Milan Mayor Letizia Moratti called the new law a "response to an emergency" rather than some newfound whiff of puritanism.

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