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Puritan

noun [C] uk   /ˈpjʊə.rɪ.tən/ us    /ˈpjʊr.ɪ.t̬ən/
a member of an English religious group in the 16th and 17th centuries who wanted to make church ceremonies simpler, and who believed that it was important to work hard and control yourself and that pleasure was wrong or unnecessary: During the 17th century the Puritans destroyed many decorations in English churches.
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