Definition of puritanical in English:


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


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



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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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