puritanical Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"puritanical" in British English

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puritanicaladjective

uk   /ˌpjʊə.rɪˈtæn.ɪ.kəl/  us   /ˌpjʊr.ɪ-/
believing or ​involving the ​belief that it is ​important to ​work hard and ​control yourself, and that ​pleasure is ​wrong or ​unnecessary: She is very puritanical about ​sex. He ​rebelled against his puritanical ​upbringing.
puritanically
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of puritanical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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puritanicaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌpjʊr·ɪˈtæn·ɪ·kəl/
having ​standards of ​moralbehavior that ​forbid many ​pleasures: His ​coachbelieves in ​rules and regulations and has puritanical ​standards for ​behavior.
(Definition of puritanical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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