any puritanical law that forbids certain practices, especially drinking or working on Sunday, dancing, etc.
Historical Examples

A Short History of Women’s Rights Eugene A. Hecker
The Quadroon Mayne Reid
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863 Various
Vignettes Of San Francisco Almira Bailey
Introduction to the Science of Sociology Robert E. Park
Test Pilot David Goodger (
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864 Various
The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
The Prince and The Pauper, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener

plural noun
(US, history) a number of repressive puritanical laws of the colonial period, forbidding any secular activity on Sundays


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