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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, pertaining to, or characteristic of Puritans or Puritanism.
Also, puritanic.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; Puritan + -ical
Related forms
puritanically, adverb
puritanicalness, noun
unpuritanic, adjective
unpuritanical, adjective
unpuritanically, adverb
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Examples from the web for puritanical
  • The new book addresses at length the game's outlaw cachet, as well as its stink in some of our more puritanical noses.
  • In our puritanical culture, you're supposed to suffer for your fun.
  • It's shamelessly permissive or tenaciously puritanical.
  • Some are confined simply because their frightened puritanical families consider them too unruly.
  • His posture on the surface is that of a puritanical moralist excoriating contemporary society for its materialism and vanity.
  • Expecting the world to adopt ascetic puritanical conservation is simply unrealistic.
  • We want to call the kidney beans on our lunch platter puritanical: no syrup, minimal sugar, only hints of spice.
  • There was nothing puritanical, however, in his way of living.
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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