Noun(1) a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship(2) someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures(3) a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
(1) I felt as if I were surrounded by the austere puritan heritage of a Protestant church in New England.(2) A small number of people in London and puritan Connecticut developed the takeover scheme and English gunboats found an overwhelmed, isolated populace not prepared to fight for a company they increasingly disliked.(3) Your favorite bookstore will not turn into puritan central.(4) The roof's prism casts the light throughout the chapel, balancing the only other objects inside - a puritan aesthetic of elegantly austere seating, a simple organ and the barest suggestion of an altar.(5) Suffused with puritan guilt, his self interest had its limits.(6) A left-over puritan work ethic encourages us to buy into the glib sales pitches, You have to work the principles for the principles to work for you.(7) Our puritan culture often inhibits us from thoroughly educating our adolescents or at times from even allowing frank and open discussion on sex education and the human body.(8) It came as a great surprise to me that Toronto - who still gives off a bit of puritan vibe until you get to know her - is as slothful in the mornings as a couple newly in love.(9) Feng Yuxiang's forces were subjected with severity to their commander's puritan morals: no drinking, gambling, swearing, or resort to prostitutes was permitted.(10) Individualism in our culture is further reinforced by competitive capitalism, at least partially rooted in the puritan ethic of our forebears.(11) His career as an MP ended with the Addled Parliament of 1614, and he died in 1620, leaving money - and a share in a Smithfield pub - to a number of puritan causes.(12) Townsend referred to his ├ö├ç├┐substructure of puritan tradition├ö├ç├û and the austerity of his ├ö├ç├┐intellectual integrity of attitude├ö├ç├û.(13) The biggest sleep robber of all, however, is work - the puritan ethic gone haywire in an era of global markets.(14) Bangalore seemed to suit him better, with its catholicity of social life and its absence of puritan guardians of moral behaviour.(15) So, for instance, we have one essay on John Browne's purchase of crown lands in Boston after the dissolution of the monasteries, while another looks at puritan reform in Chester through the career of the wonderfully named Henry Hardware.(16) This is Jacobean comedy at its documentary best: a salty, vivid report on the eternal clash between the puritan ethic and spendthrift snobbery.