- excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc.
- pruderies, prudish actions, phrases, or words.
Origin of prudery
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Examples from the Web for prudery
These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
This may seem like vanity or prudery; but no matter what it appears, if it be right.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
You, at one time, thought me guilty of some degree of Prudery.Clarissa: Preface, Hints of Prefaces, and Postscript
Prudery is, so to speak, sexual modesty codified and dogmatized.The Sexual Question
The prudery that was itself a sin had penetrated the armor of her innocence.The Shadow of a Crime
It was difficult to associate Beth with the idea of prudery or affectation.The Vagrant Duke
Word Origin and History for prudery
The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in proportion as the fortress is less threatened. [Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables"]
Some 20c. writers in English used extended form prudibundery, in many cases likely for contemptuous emphasis, from French prudibonderie "prudery."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper