Definition of puritan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪtən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪtən//
    Religious people, Moral, Types of belief
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  1. 1(usually disapproving) a person who has very strict moral attitudes and who thinks that pleasure is bad See related entries: Moral
  2. 2Puritan a member of a Protestant group of Christians in England in the 16th and 17th centuries who wanted to worship God in a simple way Culture Puritans believed in strict moral behaviour and were associated with the Parliamentary party during the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell. Because of this they were treated badly after the Restoration of King Charles II, and many left Britain to settle in the US, where their simple way of life and religious discipline became an important influence on American culture. See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin puritas ‘purity’ + -an.
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