pu·ri·tan·i·cal (pyr-tn-kl) adj.1. Rigorous in religious observance; marked by stern morality.2. Puritanical Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Puritans.
hys·ter·i·a (h-str-, -stîr-) n.1. Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic. 2. A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability and sometimes by amnesia or a physical deficit, such as paralysis, or a sensory deficit, without an organic cause.