puritan NOUN 1) (Puritan) a member of a group of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship. 2) a person with censorious moral beliefs, especially about self-indulgence and sex.
ADJECTIVE 1) (Puritan) relating to the Puritans. 2) characteristic of a puritan.
DERIVATIVES puritanical adjective puritanism (also Puritanism) noun.

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