Definition of puritanical in English:

puritanical

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘Arensberg was not the only visitor to be perplexed by a country where, he noted, ‘a puritanical morality’ coexisted with ‘the hilarity of the race meeting.’’
    • ‘They think our attempts to legislate morality are barbaric, puritanical and doomed to failure.’
    • ‘Compare that to the United States with our puritanical attitudes toward sex and federal funding for abstinence-only education.’
    • ‘That puritanical attitude often carries with it a lot of hypocrisy.’
    • ‘Africans have quite our prim, puritanical attitude towards extra - marital sex.’
    • ‘Temperance was inspired by evangelical Christianity and puritanical moralism.’
    • ‘Members tend to be puritanical in moral teachings and to disapprove of Sufism.’
    • ‘You have been intimidated by their moralising self-righteousness, brow-beaten by their puritanical spartanism, seduced by their appointment-diary ethics.’
    • ‘From the start, the concept of parading women on stage - fully clothed or not - has always been a contentious issue, making Miss World a prime target for negative media attention and the scorn of puritanical groups.’
    • ‘The hero, as such, played by Edward Woodward, is a rather prissy, puritanical character, and a devout Christian.’
    • ‘Flimsy storylines concentrate on chaste boy-girl relationships, with hip-grinding dance numbers providing enough sex to titillate the audience without upsetting India's puritanical film censors.’
    • ‘By time, this puritanical attitude has fortunately changed and the opera is now unanimously regarded as a total masterpiece.’
    • ‘With untold billions illegally wagered on sport in the US, one might also think that the puritanical aversion that the nation feels towards the marriage of sport and wagering would dissipate.’
    • ‘Working among the Calvinist peasantry in Staphorst, a village near Amsterdam, Sluyters adopted a sombre Expressionist style to depict the puritanical austerity of their lives.’
    • ‘Despite their antagonism towards religion and ‘bourgeois morality’, the communists had a puritanical attitude to sex.’
    • ‘It's about time we abandoned this puritanical attitude toward sex.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the Wahhabi movement in Arabia in the eighteenth century represents both a strict, puritanical reading of the works, and a rejection of the itjihad tradition, considered to be responsible for internal decay.’
    • ‘We're getting pretty annoyed by this puritanical attitude that sexuality is evil.’
    • ‘I'm sure there are those down here who just see me as a Scot with a Calvinist streak and a puritanical attitude.’
    • ‘The new building steers the straits between meticulous restoration and furious demolition, refusing a puritanical stance towards the glass-cased bibelot.’
    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
    goody-goody
    grundyish
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Pronunciation:

puritanical

/pjʊərɪˈtanɪk(ə)l/