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Adj.1.puritanic - morally rigorous and strict; "the puritan work ethic"; "puritanic distaste for alcohol"; "she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"
nonindulgent, strict - characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
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Elsewhere match that bloom of theirs, ye cannot, save in Salem, where they tell me the young girls breathe such musk, their sailor sweethearts smell them miles off shore, as though they were drawing nigh the odorous Moluccas instead of the Puritanic sands.
However, as I say, I had for the time forgotten that pagan company, or, in my puritanic zeal, I might have thrown them all to be washed clean in the upland stream, whose pure waters one might fancy were fragrant from their sunny day among the ferns and the heather, fragrant to the eye, indeed, if one may so speak, with the shaken meal of the meadowsweet.
About his material there is no disputing among people of our Puritanic tradition.
There was a strong assumption of superiority in this Puritanic toleration, hardly less trying to the blond flesh of an unenthusiastic sister than a Puritanic persecution.
In close vicinity to the sacred edifice appeared that important engine of Puritanic authority, the whipping-post--with the soil around it well trodden by the feet of evil doers, who had there been disciplined.
The established story of his conversion was familiar on the more puritanic platforms and pulpits, how he had been, when only a boy, drawn away from Scotch theology to Scotch whisky, and how he had risen out of both and become (as he modestly put it) what he was.
He was a soldier, legislator, judge; he was a ruler in the Church; he had all the Puritanic traits, both good and evil.
In Hawthorne, almost everywhere, the forgotten is not the supernal beauty beyond this life but the historic beginnings of a puritanic civilization in America.
The Class of' 83 believed "the Puritanic influence" of Smith's founder Sophia Smith "began to wane," as their social activities introduced "scenes of brighter coloring" into college life.
Indeed, in Ahab we can identify a psychological dark side, whose blackness "is ten times black," possibly with roots in what Melville (1922b: 62, 63) called the "Puritanic gloom" and the "Calvinistic sense of Innate Depravity and Original Sin" that possibly visited the dark side of Hawthorne.
Indeed, describing such a narrowly defined goal as 'usefulness to their developing communities' as 'militantly Puritanic' and 'seriously anti-hedonistic!' (Gajdusek 1980: 30), Gajdusek did not wish to limit the adoptees in this way.