1. A member of a 16th and 17th century protestant group in England and New England opposing as unscriptural the ceremonial worship and the prelacy of the church of England.
  2. One who practices or preaches a more rigorous or professedly purer moral code than that which prevails.

” ‘Such company, thou wouldst say,’ observed the elder person, interrupting his pause. ‘Well said, Goodman Brown! I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans; and that’s no trifle to say.” (Hawthorne, 18, PDF) – Young Goodman Brown

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