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pudeur

n.

"modesty," especially in sexual matters, 1937, from French pudeur "modesty," from Latin pudor "shame, modesty," from pudere "make ashamed" (see pudendum). The same word had been borrowed into English directly from Latin as pudor (1620s), but this became obsolete.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Historical Examples

  • It is, of course, mainly with pudeur that I am here concerned.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)

    Havelock Ellis

  • Modesty (pudeur) is always the sign and safeguard of a mystery.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • Merci, Pudeur, Loyauté, are introduced by that poet as persons whom he met as he rode on his travels.

  • But nevertheless, she felt at this moment a certain pudeur which was almost like the pudeur of a girl.

    December Love

    Robert Hichens

  • This "pudeur," carried to an excess, appears to me the peculiar characteristic of Cordelia.