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Definition of Puritan


  1. One who, in the time of Queen Elizabeth and the first two Stuarts, opposed traditional and formal usages, and advocated simpler forms of faith and worship than those established by law; -- originally, a term of reproach. The Puritans formed the bulk of the early population of New England.
  2. One who is scrupulous and strict in his religious life; -- often used reproachfully or in contempt; one who has overstrict notions.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.

Puritan Quotations

In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.
Umberto Eco

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Puritans' sense of priorities in life was one of their greatest strengths. Putting God first and valuing everything else in relation to God was a recurrent Puritan theme.
Leland Ryken

In the early days of the New England colonies, no more embarrassing or hampering condition, no greater temporal ill, could befall any adult Puritan than to be unmarried.
Alice Morse Earle

When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way, as if our American tradition were only the Puritan tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition. The Christian tradition.
James Hillman
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Puritan Translations

puritan in Afrikaans is puriteins
puritan in Dutch is puriteins
puritan in German is Puritaner
puritan in Swedish is puritan
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