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1. of or relating to Puritans or Puritanism;

2. exaggeratedly proper;
- Example: "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
[syn: priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced, victorian]

3. morally rigorous and strict;
- Example: "the puritan work ethic"
- Example: "puritanic distaste for alcohol"
- Example: "she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"
[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 and practice. [1913 Webster] 2. Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; -- often used by way of reproach or contempt. [1913 Webster] Paritanical circles, from which plays and novels were strictly excluded. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] He had all the puritanic traits, both good and evil. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

93 Moby Thesaurus words for "puritanical": Albigensian, Catharist, Franciscan, Quakerish, Sabbatarian, Trappist, Victorian, Waldensian, abstinent, anchoritic, ascetic, austere, bigoted, censorious, choicy, choosy, conscientious, creedbound, critical, demure, discriminating, discriminative, dogmatic, dour, eremitic, evangelical, exacting, fastidious, firm, flagellant, fundamentalist, hard, hidebound, hyperorthodox, impliable, inexorable, inflexible, iron, ironbound, ironclad, ironhanded, literalist, literalistic, mendicant, meticulous, mid-Victorian, muscle-bound, narrow, obdurate, obstinate, old-maidish, orthodox, overmodest, particular, perfectionistic, picky, precise, precisianist, precisianistic, priggish, prim, procrustean, prudish, punctilious, purist, puristic, puritan, puritanic, relentless, rigid, rigorist, rigoristic, rigorous, rockbound, sanctimonious, scrupulous, selective, self-denying, sensitive, smug, staunch, stiff, stiff-necked, straightlaced, straitlaced, strict, stubborn, stuffy, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, wedded to poverty