Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.
ETYM From Purity.
Adheres to strict religious principles; opposed to sensual pleasures.
From 1564, a member of the Church of England who wished to eliminate Roman Catholic survivals in church ritual, or substitute a presbyterian for an episcopal form of church government. The term also covers the separatists who withdrew from the church altogether.
The Puritans were characterized by a strong conviction of human sinfulness and the wrath of God and by a devotion to plain living and hard work. The Puritan immigrants who settled in New England in the 17th century, most of them Congregationalists and Presbyterians, had a profound, formative influence on American culture, political institutions, and education. See also Congregationalism.