Puritanism

[pyoor-i-tn-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
the principles and practices of the Puritans.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity.

Origin:
1565–75; Puritan + -ism

anti-Puritanism, noun
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puritan (ˈpjʊərɪtən)
 
n
1.  a person who adheres to strict moral or religious principles, esp one opposed to luxury and sensual enjoyment
 
adj
2.  characteristic of a puritan
 
[C16: from Late Latin pūritāspurity]
 
'puritanism
 
n

Puritan ((in the late 16th and 17th centuries) ˈpjʊərɪtən)
 
n
1.  any of the more extreme English Protestants, most of whom were Calvinists, who wished to purify the Church of England of most of its ceremony and other aspects that they deemed to be Catholic
 
adj
2.  of, characteristic of, or relating to the Puritans
 
'Puritanism
 
n

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