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Puritan

noun [C]     /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 .Followers of religious groups
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