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puritanical

[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 Puritans or Puritanism.
Often, puritanic.
Origin of puritanical
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; Puritan + -ical
Related forms
puritanically, adverb
puritanicalness, noun
unpuritanic, adjective
unpuritanical, adjective
unpuritanically, adverb
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  • They are puritanical with intelligence, and independent with a certain grace.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • After a divorce—Seth's idea of divorces were vague and puritanical—there would be no hope.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There was in Hazlitt, however, a puritanical fervor which withstood the lure of expediency.

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    Ben Hecht
  • I've had too much of your puritanical, psalm-singing business.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • Voltaire, the least puritanical of men, is also the least neurotic.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for puritanical

puritanical

/ˌpjʊərɪˈtænɪkəl/
adjective
1.
generally (derogatory) strict in moral or religious outlook, esp in shunning sensual pleasures
2.
(sometimes capital) of or relating to a puritan or the Puritans
Derived Forms
puritanically, adverb
puritanicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for puritanical
adj.

c.1600, from Puritan + -ical. Chiefly in disparaging use. Related: Puritanically.

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