Definition of puritanical in English:


Syllabification: pu·ri·tan·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌpyo͝orəˈtanək(ə)l


often derogatory
Practicing or affecting strict religious or moral behavior.
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  • The other great influence on Lane's life was his mother's puritanical religious convictions.
  • This and other writings inspired a puritanical movement of religious devotion that came to be known as Jansenism.
  • Sallinen was born at Narmes, the son of a tailor who belonged to the puritanical religious sect of the Hihhulit.
narrow-minded, sententious, censorious;
austere, severe, ascetic, abstemious
informal goody-goody, starchy



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  • No party hack, she campaigns for a purer communism responsive to the needs of each neighborhood but puritanically resistant to the commercial blandishments even then battering at the eastern gates.
  • At a time when everyone else was tripping out on psychedelic rock Flack's recording of Ewan Macoll's folk song was an unlikely hit; the music was puritanically plain, the words so simple.
  • Benglis's photograph can be read in various ways, appealing to the libertarian feminist as surely as it repelled the more puritanically minded.

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