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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj puritanic morally rigorous and strict "the puritan work ethic","puritanic distaste for alcohol","she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times
    • Puritanic Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
    • Puritanic Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; -- often used by way of reproach or contempt. "Paritanical circles, from which plays and novels were strictly excluded.""He had all the puritanic traits, both good and evil."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • puritanic Pertaining to the Puritans or their doctrines and practice.
    • puritanic Very scrupulous in religious matters; exact; rigid: often used in contempt or reproach.
    • puritanic Synonyms See Puritan, a.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Strict Puritan laws had their origins from practical reasons. Smoking was banned farmers would raise badly needed food crops instead of tobacco. Cooking was banned on Sundays to prevent house fires during the long hours the family was at church. Young men were banned from hunting to prevent weapons from falling into Indian hands.
    • adjs Puritanic like a Puritan: rigid: exact
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  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.”
  • Joseph Wood Krutch
    Joseph Wood Krutch
    “The most serious charge that can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.”
  • Lord Melbourne
    “Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.”
  • Kenneth Hare
    Kenneth Hare
    “The puritan through life's sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. puritas, purity—purus, pure.


In literature:

They were Puritans writing for Puritans, and all they could see in Cowperwood was an anti-Puritan, and in his creator another.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
It has been said, indeed, that the Puritans wished to pull down the chapter-house, but there is no authority for the statement.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
But the Puritan element is an irrepressible and undying one in English character.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
I often wonder whether they are wise in clinging like limpets to the Puritan tradition.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Bernard Shaw is a Puritan and his work is Puritan work.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
He always counted his change carefully, like a good puritan, and gave small tips.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
I see; or the Puritan father would withdraw his lamb from the wolves.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
They were brought up in a puritanical environment.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
The better and worse features of Puritanism forbade a triumph won on such terms.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
Among its corporators were the brothers Sandys, sons of the Puritan Archbishop of York, one of whom held the manor of Scrooby.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
The Puritans admitted incessantly that they were exceedingly bad.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Pope is to the deists and semi-deists of his time what Milton was to the Puritans or Dante to the Schoolmen.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
Then again, Dulcibel dressed with more richness and variety of costume than was usual in the Puritan villages.
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
The children even of the leading Puritans stood aloof from Puritanism.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Before this can be traced we must consider the Puritans, which is necessary in order fully to appreciate the Revolution.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The King retains Puritan councillors, who are kindly disposed to the Massachusetts Bay Puritans.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The Jesuits, however, were wiser in their generation than the Puritans and had not made charges of witchcraft.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
It was the sturdy, healthy plant of Puritanism blossoming into a beautiful flower.
"Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860" by Henrietta Christian Wright
Whether among the nobility or among the Puritans, woman was wounded in the house of her friends.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
These were called Puritans.
"The Story of Our Country"

In poetry:

My Puritan training
Has kept me from going
To dramas in which
Little Olga was showing.
"Footlight Motifs" by Franklin Pierce Adams
For the Puritan Prue she sets in the offing
A-castin’ ‘er eyes at a tall Marine,
And the Spanish minx is the wust at scoffing
Of all of the wimming I ever seen.
"The Constant Cannibal Maid" by Wallace Irwin
Seest thou these hatchments? Knowest thou this blood
Nourished the heroes of Colonial days--
Sent to the dim and savage-haunted wood
Those sad-eyed Puritans with hymns of praise?
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
So pleads the proud planter. What echoes are these?
The bay of his bloodhound is borne on the breeze,
And, lost in the shriek of his victim's despair,
His voice dies unheard.--Hear the Puritan's prayer!
""Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve"" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
ONE decade back there lived a man,
A strict, unswerving Puritan;
And though as brave as Ammon's son,
No gods had he to serve but one,
The God of Justice, God of Truth,
Whom he had served from early youth.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Westward sailed the Mayflower pilgrims to a better law -
Where in freedom they might live - as Puritans to stand -
For liberty of mind and soul, prepared to sacrifice
- all they had for this one thing: the pearl beyond all price ...
"This One Thing" by Patience Strong

In news:

America's puritanical streak runs red hot regarding alcohol.
He was trying to get the Church of England and the Puritans to develop a common ground of some kind.
The Reader 's Tal Rosenberg on Kendrick Lamar, and designer Elise Bergman on Sharon Van Etten's Puritan nudie video.
Built in 1681, the Old Ship is New England's last surviving 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse and the oldest continuously used church in the country.
Puritans not as uptight as you might think.
Shakespeare casts a long shadow, particularly over the decadent sex-and-death-obsessed tragedians who flourished in the years after he died and before the Puritans finally shut down the theaters (because of all the sex and death).
The two were captured near the intersection of Puritan and Helena avenues at about 11 a.m. Police said they are accused of a break-in in the 1300 block of Lee Avenue.
Having just finished a book about the puritanical and fanatical Khmer Rouge communists who created Cambodia's "killing fields," I see Mencken's point.
Having just finished a book about the Puritanical and fanatical Khmer Rouge communists who created the "killing fields," I see his point.
When Madonna, in her ever-pressing efforts to spark controversy for attention, released her Erotica CD and Sex book in the early nineties, puritanical America was aghast.
During the summer of 1691, one hundred Puritans who had broken away from the Church of England spent 66 days at sea to reach The New World, barely surviving.
Puritan and Schaefer shooting west Detroit 3.
Tunisia's Islamist-led government will not allow puritanical Salafis to enforce their vision on a country grappling with the role of Islam in a once rigidly secular society, the prime minister said on Tuesday.
What do Puritans have to do to get a little respect.
Let's face it, 17th-century Puritans don't have the best reputation – okay, except as the founders of Harvard University and the original settlers of Massachusetts.