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Definition of Puritanical


  1. Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
  2. Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; -- often used by way of reproach or contempt.

Puritanical Quotations

Saudi Arabia is a puritanical state that claims a monopoly of wisdom and virtue.
James Buchan

The United States is considered a puritanical society by many Western nations. For example, they can't believe we hassle public servants like General David Petraeus because he had a mistress. In France, if a powerful man doesn't have a mistress, he's considered a wimp.
Bill O'Reilly

I think we're very uptight in America. You have to remember that we're descended from Puritans. Whether or not the country is now composed of immigrants, our culture as American really begins with the landing of the Pilgrims and a puritanical view of things.
Tom Ford

Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Lord Melbourne

Even when the writing seems very frivolous, I'm puritanical. I don't mean my subject matter. It's that I'm almost pathologically incapable of leaving something when I'm not quite happy with it.
Tom Stoppard
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Puritanical Translations

puritanical in German is puritanisch, puritanische
puritanical in Spanish is puritano
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