Definitions for Puritanismˈpyʊər ɪ tnˌɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Puritanism(noun)

    the beliefs and practices characteristic of Puritans (most of whom were Calvinists who wished to purify the Church of England of its Catholic aspects)

  2. Puritanism(noun)

    strictness and austerity in conduct and religion


  1. puritanism(Noun)

    strict and austere religious conduct

  2. Puritanism(Noun)

    The beliefs and practices of the Puritans

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puritanism(noun)

    the doctrines, notions, or practice of Puritans

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    Puritanism The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

  2. H. L. Mencken:

    Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

  3. H. L. Mencken:

    Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

  4. Marcel Ophuls:

    Puritanism...helps us enjoy our misery while we are inflicting it on others.

  5. Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, 1947:

    I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind... At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy, and wise in spite of themselves.

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