"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.
This "pudeur," carried to an excess, appears to me the peculiar characteristic of Cordelia.
It is, of course, mainly with pudeur that I am here concerned.
Merci, pudeur, Loyauté, are introduced by that poet as persons whom he met as he rode on his travels.
Modesty (pudeur) is always the sign and safeguard of a mystery.
In French, it is possible to avoid the confusion, and modestie is entirely distinct from pudeur.
But nevertheless, she felt at this moment a certain pudeur which was almost like the pudeur of a girl.