the principles and practices of the .
(sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity.
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 with a capitalist face, she believes.
Why Are You So Damn Happy? Megan Hustad October 14, 2009
Puritanism was only despicable, laughable then; but nobody can manage to laugh at it now.
Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History Thomas Carlyle
However, the Puritanism of his ancestors stood him in good stead.
The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
As to the mere facts, it must be said again that in so far as Puritanism was pure, it was unfortunately passing.
A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
Certainly Euphues does not prove that Puritanism was latent in him.
John Lyly John Dover Wilson
Holding moderate religious views, he deprecated alike the extremes represented by Puritanism and Roman Catholicism.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6 Various
It involved the surrender of a long-settled principle of Puritanism.
A History of American Christianity Leonard Woolsey Bacon
It seemed a reconcilement of opposing stations, a defeat of Puritanism.
One of Our Conquerors, Complete George Meredith
Puritanism may be said to have proved, in England, a signal failure.
A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon John Lord, A.M.
1570s, from Puritan + -ism. Originally in reference to specific doctrines; from 1590s of excessive moral strictness generally. In this sense, famously defined by H.L. Mencken (1920) as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.”
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 […]
a contest of speed, as in running, riding, driving, or sailing. races, a series of races, usually of horses or dogs, run at a set time over a regular course: They spent a day at the races. any contest or competition, especially to achieve superiority: the arms race; the presidential race. urgent need, responsibility, effort, […]