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"puritan" in British English

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puritannoun [C]

uk   /ˈpjʊə.rɪ.tən/  us   /ˈpjʊr.ɪ.t̬ən/
someone who ​believes that it is ​important to ​work hard and ​control yourself, and that ​pleasure is ​wrong or ​unnecessary: Despite his ​apparentliberalviews, he's really something of a puritan/he has a puritan ​streak.

Puritannoun [C]

uk   /ˈpjʊə.rɪ.tən/  us   /ˈpjʊr.ɪ.t̬ən/
a ​member of an ​Englishreligiousgroup in the 16th and 17th ​centuries who ​wanted to make ​churchceremoniessimpler, 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 ​Englishchurches.
(Definition of puritan from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Puritannoun [C]

(also puritan)  us   /ˈpjʊr·ɪ·tən/
a ​member of an ​Englishreligiousgroup in the 16th and 17th ​centuries who ​wanted to make ​churchceremoniessimpler and ​emphasizedmoralbehavior that ​forbid many ​pleasures
(Definition of Puritan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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