1. [syn: blue(a), puritanic, puritanical]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Puritanic \Pu`ri*tan"ic\, Puritanical \Pu`ri*tan"ic*al\, a.
1. Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines
2. Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements;
strict; overscrupulous; rigid; -- often used by way of
reproach or contempt.
Paritanical circles, from which plays and novels
were strictly excluded. --Macaulay.
He had all the puritanic traits, both good and evil.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: morally rigorous and strict; "the puritan work ethic";
"puritanic distaste for alcohol"; "she was anything but
puritanical in her behavior" [syn: blue(a),