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Definition of Puritan

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

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

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

The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
Thomas B. Macaulay

For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
Howard Nemerov

I wish to Christ I could make up a really great lie. Sometimes, after an interview, I say to myself, 'Man, you were so honest - can't you have some fun? Can't you do some really down and dirty lying?' But the puritan in me thinks that if I tell a lie, I'll be punished.
Willem Dafoe
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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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