Dictionary.com

Puritanism

[ pyoor-i-tn-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈpyʊər ɪ tnˌɪz əm /
Save This Word!

noun
the principles and practices of the Puritans.
(sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of Puritanism

First recorded in 1565–75; Puritan + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM Puritanism

an·ti-Pu·ri·tan·ism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Puritanism in a sentence

FEEDBACK