Definition of puritanism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The beliefs or principles of a group of English Protestants of the late 16th and 17th centuries who regarded the Reformation of the Church under Elizabeth I as incomplete and sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship.

    • ‘It is a secular 'born-again' phenomenon that has its historical origin in Puritanism as part of the American psyche.’
    • ‘Puritanism made a substantial impact on Anglo-America.’
    • ‘Many of the precepts of Puritanism survived well into the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘In his lifetime he saw the English Church sway from extreme Puritanism to near Catholicism.’
    • ‘Puritanism had initially been a movement to expunge remaining elements of Catholicism from the Church of England.’
    • ‘Her story of the work ethic begins with its invention in 17th-century Puritanism.’
    • ‘More than a religion, Puritanism was a way of life.’
    • ‘Theologically, Puritanism represents an emphasis within the Reformed Protestant (Calvinist) tradition on intense personal devotion and extreme ethical probity.’
    • ‘The disintegration of Puritanism preceded any attempt to impose the Presbyterian system.’
    • ‘Boston was an early centre of New England Puritanism.’
    • ‘English Puritanism temporarily triumphed during the English Revolution.’
    1. 1.1 Censorious moral beliefs, especially about self-indulgence and sex.
      ‘an era of sexual puritanism’
      ‘the extreme puritanism of the hardliners grated on people’
      • ‘He introduced to music a new puritanism, an acute political awareness and diamond-hard intelligence.’
      • ‘Such sexual puritanism does little to challenge a conservative view of sex as dangerous and undesirable.’
      • ‘Their story champions freedom over constriction, sensuality over puritanism, living for others over living for success.’
      • ‘He was a rebellious product of the militant puritanism that shaped so many in the 1950s and early 60s.’
      • ‘Is there some truth in that or is it just latent puritanism?’
      • ‘His character has often been explained as the result of his grandmother's puritanism.’
      • ‘There was a streak of puritanism about the Boultings.’
      • ‘Both films explore what happens when communities become subject to a grinding puritanism.’
      • ‘His thoroughgoing Puritanism meant that he constantly subjected himself to self-examination.’
      • ‘The poems articulate the function of puritanism as a check against the dangers of untrammelled art.’
      • ‘They brought back a sensuousness and emotionalism to art which had been banished by the puritanism of postmodernist theory.’