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puritanical

[ pyoor-i-tan-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌpyʊər ɪˈtæn ɪ kəl /
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adjective

very strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so; rigidly austere.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Puritans or Puritanism.

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Often pu·ri·tan·ic .

Origin of puritanical

First recorded in 1600–10; Puritan + -ical

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British Dictionary definitions for puritanical

puritanical

less commonly puritanic

/ (ˌpjʊərɪˈtænɪkəl) /

adjective

usually derogatory strict in moral or religious outlook, esp in shunning sensual pleasures
(sometimes capital) of or relating to a puritan or the Puritans

Derived forms of puritanical

puritanically, adverbpuritanicalness, noun
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