antipuritan

Puritan

[pyoor-i-tn]
noun
1.
a member of a group of Protestants that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, demanding the simplification of doctrine and worship, and greater strictness in religious discipline: during part of the 17th century the Puritans became a powerful political party.
2.
(lowercase) a person who is strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Puritans.
4.
(lowercase) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a moral puritan; puritanical.

Origin:
1540–50; < Late Latin pūrit(ās) purity + -an

puritanlike, adjective
puritanly, adverb
antipuritan, noun, adjective
anti-Puritan, noun, adjective
unpuritan, adjective
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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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Puritan
1560s, "opponent of Anglican hierarchy," later applied opprobriously to "person in Church of England who seeks further reformation" (1570s), probably from purity (q.v.). After c.1590s, applied to anyone deemed overly strict in matters of religion and morals.
"The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators." [Thomas Babington Macaulay, "History of England," 1849]
Puritanism (1570s) was famously defined by H.L. Mencken as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy" (1920).
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