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Definition of Puritan
a member of a group of English Protestants of the late 16th and 17th centuries who regarded the Reformation of the Church of England under Elizabeth as incomplete and sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship. (puritan) a person with censorious moral beliefs, especially about pleasure and sex.
of or relating to the Puritans. (puritan) having or displaying censorious moral beliefs, especially about pleasure and sex.
- (also puritanism) noun