[pyoo r-i-tn-iz-uh m]
- the principles and practices of the Puritans.
- (sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity.
Origin of Puritanism
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Examples from the Web for puritanism
These men mean that Puritanism shall be rooted out of England.The Shadow of a Crime
Not even his Puritanism could enjoy an unlimited diet of oratorio.
However, the Puritanism of his ancestors stood him in good stead.
It remembers the hardness of Puritanism, and has no admiration for its virtues.The Legacy of Greece
In his combat with humanistic purism he foreshadows a Christian puritanism.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Word Origin and History for puritanism
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