Puritan

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'puritan', 'Puritan': /ˈpjʊərɪtən/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpjʊrɪtən/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(pyŏŏri tn)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
Pu•ri•tan /ˈpyʊrɪtən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Religiona member of a group of Protestants that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, calling for the simplifying of doctrine and worship and greater strictness in religious discipline.
  2. [puritan] a person who is strict in moral or religious matters, often to an excessive degree.

adj. 
  1. Religionof or relating to the Puritans.
  2. [puritan] of, relating to, or characteristic of a moral puritan.
Pur•i•tan•ism, pur•i•tan•ism, n. [uncountable]See -pur-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Pu•ri•tan  (pyŏŏri tn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religiona member of a group of Protestants that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, demanding the simplification of doctrine and worship, and greater strictness in religious discipline: during part of the 17th century the Puritans became a powerful political party.
  2. (l.c.) a person who is strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so.

adj. 
  1. Religionof or pertaining to the Puritans.
  2. (l.c.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a moral puritan;
    puritanical.
puri•tan•like′, adj. 
puri•tan•ly, adv. 
  • Late Latin pūrit(ās) purity + -an
  • 1540–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Puritan /(in the late 16th and 17th centuries) ˈpjʊərɪtən/ n
  1. any of the more extreme English Protestants, most of whom were Calvinists, who wished to purify the Church of England of most of its ceremony and other aspects that they deemed to be Catholic
adj
  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to the Puritans

ˈPuritanˌism n
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
puritan /ˈpjʊərɪtən/ n
  1. a person who adheres to strict moral or religious principles, esp one opposed to luxury and sensual enjoyment
adj
  1. characteristic of a puritan
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin pūritās purity

ˈpuritanˌism n
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