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Meaning of Puritanism

Pu•ri•tan•ism

Pronunciation: (pyoor'i-tn-iz"um), [key]
— 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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