Formation from puritan and -ical suffix to produce definition 1.
- Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
- Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; — often used by way of reproach or contempt.
Mrs. Barrymore is of interest to me. She is a heavy, solid person, very limited, intensely respectable, and inclined to be puritanical. You could hardly conceive a less emotional subject. Yet I have told you how, on the first night here, I heard her sobbing bitterly, and since then I have more than once observed traces of tears upon her face. Some deep sorrow gnaws ever at her heart. Sometimes I wonder if she has a guilty memory which haunts her, and sometimes I suspect Barrymore of being a domestic tyrant.—A. Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
precise in observance of legal or religious requirements
puritanical (plural puritanicals)
- One who holds puritanical attitudes.