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puritanism

noun [U] uk   /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 unnecessaryPuritanism religion the beliefs and behaviour of a Puritan
Translations of “puritanism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 極端拘謹的道德觀…
in Chinese (Simplified) 极端拘谨的道德观…
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