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puritanism

noun [U]     /ˈpjʊə.rɪ.tən.ɪ.zəm/ US  /ˈpjʊr.ɪ.t̬ən-/
the belief that it is important to work hard and control yourself, and that pleasure is wrong or unnecessarySelf-control and moderation Puritanism religion the beliefs and behaviour of a PuritanChristian denominationsThe Roman Catholic Church
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