Definitions for Puritanˈpyʊər ɪ tn

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  1. Puritan(noun)

    a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship

  2. puritan(noun)

    someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures

  3. prude, puritan(noun)

    a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum

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  1. puritan(Noun)

    (often disapproving): a puritanical person

  2. puritan(Adjective)

    (often disapproving): acting or behaving according to the Puritan morals (e.g. propagating modesty), especially with regard to pleasure, nudity and sex

  3. Puritan(Noun)

    A member of a particular Protestant religious sect.

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  1. Puritan(noun)

    one who, in the time of Queen Elizabeth and the first two Stuarts, opposed traditional and formal usages, and advocated simpler forms of faith and worship than those established by law; -- originally, a term of reproach. The Puritans formed the bulk of the early population of New England

  2. Puritan(noun)

    one who is scrupulous and strict in his religious life; -- often used reproachfully or in contempt; one who has overstrict notions

  3. Puritan(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans

  4. Origin: [From Purity.]

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  1. Puritan

    The Puritans were a significant grouping of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries, including, but not limited to, English Calvinists. Puritanism in this sense was founded by some Marian exiles from the clergy shortly after the accession of Elizabeth I of England in 1558, as an activist movement within the Church of England. The designation "Puritan" is often incorrectly used, notably based on the assumption that hedonism and puritanism are antonyms. Historically, the word was used pejoratively to characterize the Protestant group as extremists similar to the Cathari of France, and according to Thomas Fuller in his Church History dated back to 1564, Archbishop Matthew Parker of that time used it and "precisian" with the sense of modern "stickler". Puritans were blocked from changing the established church from within, and severely restricted in England by laws controlling the practice of religion, but their views were taken by the emigration of congregations to the Netherlands and later New England, and by evangelical clergy to Ireland and later into Wales, and were spread into lay society by preaching and parts of the educational system, particularly certain colleges of the University of Cambridge. They took on distinctive views on clerical dress and in opposition to the episcopal system, particularly after the 1619 conclusions of the Synod of Dort were resisted by the English bishops. They largely adopted Sabbatarian views in the 17th century, and were influenced by millennialism.


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