Origin of Comstockery
Examples from the Web for comstockery
His chapters on the psychology of war hysteria and of comstockery are acute and constructive.Psychoanalysis|Andr Tridon
It is no exaggeration to say that Comstockery is the arch enemy of society.
Besides, the average mother, if she will but admit the truth, is ashamed to talk with her daughter about Comstockery things.
Is Comstockery to be our best expression of the most vital matter of existence?
By what extraordinary process does Comstockery conjure decency into the stomach and indecency into the bowels?
Word Origin for comstockery
1905, from Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), founder of New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (1873) and self-appointed crusader against immorality, + -ery. Coined by George Bernard Shaw after Comstock objected to "Mrs. Warren's Profession." "Comstockery is the world's standing joke at the expense of the United States" [Shaw, "New York Times," Sept. 26, 1905]. The Comstock lode, silver vein in Nevada, was discovered 1859 and first worked by U.S. prospector H.T.P. Comstock (1820-1870).