What does Puritan mean?

Definitions for Puritanˈpyʊər ɪ tn

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Princeton's WordNet

  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


  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.

Webster Dictionary

  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puritan

    pūr′i-tan, n. one aiming at greater strictness in religious life, esp. one of a religious and political party having such aims in the time of Elizabeth and the Stuarts.—adj. pertaining to the Puritans.—adjs. Pūritan′ic, -al, like a Puritan: rigid: exact.—adv. Pūritan′ically.—v.i. Pūr′itanise.—n. Pūr′itanism, a puritan manner of life: strictness of life: simplicity and purity of worship: the notions or practice of Puritans. [L. puritas, purity—purus, pure.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Puritan in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Puritan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Babington Macaulay:

    The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

  2. Joe Bagley:

    Luxury items are rare in other 17th century sites in New England, but the two best sites found in Boston, including this one, have a high number of them showing that Boston was a center of wealth for the region and its residents who had that wealth were willing and able to show off a bit, despite their Puritan lifestyle.

  3. Joe Bagley:

    The items are significant because we rarely see them, archaeologically, also, Puritan Boston is often seen as an extremely conservative, reserved, and religious location in the 17th century, which it was, but in wealthier houses, the residents had access to luxury goods, purchased them, and enjoyed their more extravagant lifestyle in the privacy of their own home.

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