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the principles and practices of the .
(sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity.
Historical Examples

Crashaw was another; and Whitgift was a third fellow whose name stands for anti-puritanism.
Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker


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.”


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