noun Date: 1571 1. a person who stresses or practices scrupulous adherence to a strict standard especially of religious observance or morality 2. puritan 1

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  • Precisian — Pre*ci sian, n. 1. One who limits, or restrains. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. An overprecise person; one rigidly or ceremoniously exact in the observance of rules; a formalist; formerly applied to the English Puritans. [1913 Webster] The most… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precisian — index precise Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • precisian — [prē sizh′ən, prisizh′ən] n. a person who is strict and precise in observing rules or customs, esp. of religion; specif., a 16th or 17th cent. English Puritan …   English World dictionary

  • precisian — noun /pɹɪˈsɪʒ(ə)n/ a) A religious purist; a Puritan. Her speech was hardly more grating upon him, precisian though he was, than the careless, untutored lapses of a child might have been; all the senses of comparison as readily ignored them. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • precisian — precisianism, n. /pri sizh euhn/, n. 1. a person who adheres punctiliously to the observance of rules or forms, esp. in matters of religion. 2. one of the English Puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries. [1565 75; PRECISE + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • precisian — Synonyms and related words: Babbitt, Middle American, Philistine, anal character, bluestocking, bourgeois, burgher, captious critic, compulsive character, conformer, conformist, conventionalist, elegant, euphemistic, euphuistic, exact, exquisite …   Moby Thesaurus

  • precisian — precision …   American English homophones

  • precisian — prɪ sɪʒn n. one who strictly abides by the law; one who strictly observes religious laws or rules …   English contemporary dictionary

  • precisian — [prɪ sɪʒ(ə)n] noun chiefly archaic a person who is rigidly precise or punctilious. Derivatives precisianism noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • precisian — n. Formalist, martinet, precisianist …   New dictionary of synonyms

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