His exaltation is self-centred, is priggishness, his fall is unrestrained by any exterior obligation.
Religion, indigestion, priggishness, or discontent may drape the panes.
A man may be excused even such infamies of priggishness, but truly he ought not to go and write them down, especially to his son.
She had been proud of her virtue; and virtue, again, was only an equivalent for priggishness.
A good chum prevents one becoming a prig, and there is nothing short of actual vice which is so hateful in a boy as priggishness.
The priggishness of this pleased him, and would probably amuse her.
It was not a rebuke for priggishness; it was the unpresentable statement of a fact.
My priggishness—talking so much about Truth and then—the things I do.
Every one of the things on that list mark a stage in Cecelia Anne's progress away from priggishness and toward health.
Just a touch of priggishness here; but remember, Henry was young.
"precisian in speech or manners," 1753, originally in reference to theological scruples (1704), of unknown origin; earlier appearances of the same word meaning "dandy, fop" (1670s), "thief" (c.1600; in form prigger recorded from 1560s) could be related, as could thieves' cant prig "a tinker" (1560s).
A p[rig] is wise beyond his years in all the things that do not matter. A p. cracks nuts with a steam hammer: that is, calls in the first principles of morality to decide whether he may, or must, do something of as little importance as drinking a glass of beer. On the whole, one may, perhaps, say that all his different characteristics come from the combination, in varying proportions, of three things--the desire to do his duty, the belief that he knows better than other people, & blindness to the difference in value between different things. ["anonymous essay," quoted in Fowler, 1926]Related: Priggery.