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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

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

My parents were teetotalers and my grandparents were - it's all the way back. It's New English puritanical tradition.
Penn Jillette

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

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

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

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