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adjective 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.
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
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