Definition of puritanical in English:

puritanical

adjective

derogatory
  • Practicing or affecting strict religious or moral behavior.

    • ‘This theory makes perfect sense and plays to our puritanical prejudice that fat, fast food and television are innately damaging to our humanity.’
    • ‘This and other writings inspired a puritanical movement of religious devotion that came to be known as Jansenism.’
    • ‘They read a caution against supervisor-employee relationships as a puritanical ban on interoffice romance, while a call to report improper behavior was taken as an invitation to rat on co-workers.’
    • ‘The very English and very puritanical Founding Fathers proposed the principles of religious liberty as a mechanism to protect religion from the pollution of the state.’
    • ‘‘Their willingness to loosen puritanical laws on dress and public behavior have created the illusion of freedom,’ he says.’
    • ‘It preserved those men who were too drunk or too fearful or too puritanical or too homely or too traditional or too stiffly macho to try out any of those fun new gadgets or practices.’
    • ‘I think she got scared about these - she would say to me that there was a puritanical streak in America that can become so aggressive, and she always feared that, to come back.’
    • ‘But beyond puritanical squeamishness - and the native instinct of all bureaucracies to create policies upon policies - employers have good reason to outlaw porn.’
    • ‘Is the baby boomer electorate so puritanical that they would punish progressive politicians who voiced support for liberalizing or legalizing intoxicants, or simply marijuana?’
    • ‘Throw in a whiff of elitism, and you've got the perfect puritanical, messianic jerk.’
    • ‘Crowley was raised a member of the Plymouth Brethren and his over-reaction to that puritanical brand of religion is fairly evident throughout his work, hence ‘The Great Beast’.’
    • ‘The other great influence on Lane's life was his mother's puritanical religious convictions.’
    • ‘Kirk paints a vivid, nuanced, and empathic portrait of a tightly knit Danish fishing community whose members belong to the Inner Mission, a puritanical movement within the Church of Denmark.’
    • ‘In this respect, it is fair to say that just as Epicurus was hardly epicurean, Protestants and Puritans were much less puritanical than is often supposed.’
    • ‘Once again the men broke all the rules with no consequences, while the women were held to puritanical, rigid standards and expectations, all the while being subjected to harassment and resentment.’
    • ‘Scott called himself an atheist, but he believed in a type of karma, leftover, puritanical guilt from a strict, Protestant upbringing.’
    • ‘My gut is that tough-on-crime conservatives would rather see their puritanical views on drugs written into the Constitution.’
    • ‘It is disheartening to realize, nearly twenty years later, that this is still the case, and that what passes as avant-garde criticism today is even more puritanical than what comes out of the academic mainstream.’
    • ‘Sallinen was born at Narmes, the son of a tailor who belonged to the puritanical religious sect of the Hihhulit.’
    • ‘It just shows that those endless puritanical bromides about the perils of fixating on individual designers (in magazine profiles and monographs) are wasted breath.’
    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

/ˌpyo͝orəˈtanək(ə)l/