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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: puritas 'purity', from Latin purus; PURE

puritan

noun
     
pu‧ri‧tan [countable]
1 someone with strict moral views who thinks that pleasure is unnecessary and wrong
2

Puritan

RRC a member of a Protestant religious group in the 16th and 17th centuries, who wanted to make religion simpler
puritan adjective:
the Puritan work ethic

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