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a belief in and devotion to hard work, duty, thrift, self-discipline, and responsibility; also called Protestant ethic , Protestant work ethic , work ethic

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    [pyoo r-i-tan-i-kuh l] /ˌpyʊər ɪˈtæn ɪ kəl/ adjective 1. very strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so; rigidly austere. 2. (sometimes initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of or . /ˌpjʊərɪˈtænɪkəl/ adjective 1. generally (derogatory) strict in moral or religious outlook, esp in shunning sensual pleasures 2. (sometimes capital) of or […]

  • Puritans

    [pyoo r-i-tn] /ˈpyʊər ɪ tn/ noun 1. 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. 2. (lowercase) a person […]

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    noun 1. a silver spoon having an ovoid bowl and a straight, flat, completely plain stem.

  • Purities

    [pyoo r-i-tee] /ˈpyʊər ɪ ti/ noun 1. the condition or quality of being ; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water. 2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition. 3. ceremonial or ritual cleanness. 4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence. 5. physical chastity; virginity. 6. freedom from foreign […]

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