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puritanical Line breaks: pur¦it|an¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /pjʊərɪˈtanɪk(ə)l/

Definition of puritanical in English:


Having or displaying a very strict or censorious moral attitude towards self-indulgence or sex: his puritanical parents saw any kind of pleasure as the road to damnation
More example sentences
  • Africans have quite our prim, puritanical attitude towards extra - marital sex.
  • It's about time we abandoned this puritanical attitude toward sex.
  • Compare that to the United States with our puritanical attitudes toward sex and federal funding for abstinence-only education.
moralistic, pietistic, strait-laced, tight-laced, stuffy, starchy, prissy, prudish, puritan, prim, priggish, Victorian, schoolmarmish, schoolmistressy, old-maidish, narrow-minded, censorious, sententious;
austere, severe, spartan, ascetic, hair-shirt, abstemious
informal goody-goody
rare Grundyish


Pronunciation: /ˌpjʊərɪˈtanɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with puritanical

botanical, Brahmanical, mechanical, sanicle, tyrannical
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