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Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a "false seemer," Malvolio was a "chough."

All else on his canvas is subordinated to the grim image of the colossal Puritan.

Of all that is noble and true in the Puritan character we are sincere admirers.

All creeds may be welded together, but the Puritan and the scoffer are like oil and water.

This was the Puritan belief in England in the seventeenth century.

He continued to play, but the Puritan sensitiveness had taken hold of him.

The hot blood of the Puritan Cavalier was soon at the boiling point.

He was a Puritan; and the Englishman owned that everything he had said was true.

Then the droning voice of the Puritan minister greeted them.

At length, when Kenneth announced that it was done, he bade the Puritan rise.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "opponent of Anglican hierarchy," later applied opprobriously to "person in Church of England who seeks further reformation" (1570s), probably from purity. Largely historical from 19c. in literal sense. After c.1590s, applied to anyone deemed overly strict in matters of religion and morals.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PURITAN

bigot

nounintolerant, prejudiced person

colonial

adjectivepioneering, relating to a nonindependent or new territory

goody two-shoes

nounsomebody smug and well-behaved
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