a 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.
(lowercase) a person who is strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so.
of or relating to the Puritans.
(lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of a moral puritan; .
a person who adheres to strict moral or religious principles, esp one opposed to luxury and sensual enjoyment
characteristic of a puritan
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
of, characteristic of, or relating to the Puritans
1560s, “opponent of Anglican hierarchy,” later applied opprobriously to “person in Church of England who seeks further reformation” (1570s), probably from purity. Largely historical from 19c. in literal sense. After c.1590s, applied to anyone deemed overly strict in matters of religion and morals.
What [William] Perkins, and the whole Puritan movement after him, sought was to replace the personal pride of birth and status with the professional’s or craftsman’s pride of doing one’s best in one’s particular calling. The good Christian society needs the best of kings, magistrates, and citizens. Perkins most emphasized the work ethic from Genesis: “In the swaete of thy browe shalt thou eate thy breade.” [E. Digby Baltzell, “Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia,” 1979]
the principles and practices of the . (sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity. Contemporary Examples The Obamas have added to the angst with intimations of a new Puritanism in our dire future. But Can We Still Have Fun? Kathleen Parker January 18, 2009 Positive thinking is Puritanism […]
the antiparticle of a . noun the antiparticle of a quark antiquark (ān’tē-kwôrk’, ān’tī-) The antiparticle that corresponds to a quark.
an infectious disease of dogs, cats, and other animals, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal and usually fatal if prophylactic treatment is not administered: caused by an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus group; hydrophobia. Contemporary Examples On a special episode of The Tyra Banks Show, Tyra dabbles in some dark comedy […]
of or relating to the social construct of : racial diversity; racial stereotypes. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one or the races of humankind. Contemporary Examples He has every right to jump on the Trayvon Martin tragedy as a classic case of racial injustice. Al Sharpton’s Conflicting Roles in […]