Puritanism
Puritanism Pu"ri*tan*ism, n. The doctrines, notions, or practice of Puritans. [1913 Webster]

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  • Puritanism —    Puritanism, as it name implies, was a movement dedicated to the purification of the Church of England following the accession of Queen Elizabeth I (r. 1558 1603). Elizabeth reversed the move to Roman Catholicism of her sister and predecessor,… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • puritanism — PURITANÍSM s.n. Numele unei secte prezbiteriene engleze care îşi întemeiază doctrina numai pe textul Bibliei; p. ext. rigurozitate exagerată privind respectarea preceptelor religioase şi morale. – Din fr. puritanisme. Trimis de oprocopiuc,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Puritanism — 1570s, from PURITAN (Cf. Puritan) + ISM (Cf. ism). Famously defined by H.L. Mencken (1920) as the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy …   Etymology dictionary

  • Puritanism — /pyoor i tn iz euhm/, n. 1. the principles and practices of the Puritans. 2. (sometimes l.c.) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity. [1565 75; PURITAN + ISM] * * * Movement in the late 16th and 17th… …   Universalium

  • Puritanism — N UNCOUNT Puritanism is the set of beliefs that were held by the Puritans. Out of Puritanism came the intense work ethic …   English dictionary

  • puritanism — [[t]pjʊ͟ərɪtənɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Puritanism is behaviour or beliefs that are based on strict moral or religious principles, especially the principle that people should avoid physical pleasures. ...the tight lipped puritanism of the …   English dictionary

  • Puritanism — puritan ► NOUN 1) (Puritan) a member of a group of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship. 2) a person with censorious moral beliefs, especially about self indulgence and sex. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • puritanism — puritan ► NOUN 1) (Puritan) a member of a group of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship. 2) a person with censorious moral beliefs, especially about self indulgence and sex. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • puritanism — pu|ri|tan|is|m [ˈpjuərıtənızəm US ˈpjur ] n [U] strict religious and moral attitudes used in order to show disapproval ▪ a harsh and repressive sexual puritanism …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • puritanism — pu|ri|tan|ism [ pjurıtn,ızəm ] noun uncount 1. ) behavior that follows PURITAN principles 2. ) Puritanism the beliefs of the Puritans …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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