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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, informal]
Adjective: puritanic
  1. Morally rigorous and strict
    "puritanic distaste for alcohol";
    - blue, puritanical
Noun: Puritanism  'pyûr-i-ti,ni-zum
  1. (church service) the beliefs and practices characteristic of Puritans (most of whom were Calvinists who wished to purify the Church of England of its Catholic aspects)
  2. Strictness and austerity in conduct and religion

See also: nonindulgent, strict

Type of: abstainer, ascetic, disagreeable person, Protestantism, sternness, strictness, unpleasant person

Encyclopedia: Puritan, Ohio