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Noun: puritan  pyûr-i-tun
  1. Someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
  2. A person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
    - prude, bluenose [US]
Noun: Puritan  pyûr-i-tun
  1. 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

Derived forms: Puritans, puritans

Type of: abstainer, ascetic, disagreeable person, Protestant, unpleasant person

Encyclopedia: Puritan, Ohio