Comstockery

[kuhm-stok-uh-ree, kom-]

Origin of Comstockery

1900–05; after A. Comstock; see -ery
Related formsCom·stock·er, nounCom·stock·i·an, adjective
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comstockery

noun
  1. US immoderate censorship on grounds of immorality

Word Origin for comstockery

C20: coined by G. B. Shaw (1905) after Anthony Comstock (1844–1915), US moral crusader, who founded the Society for the Suppression of Vice
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Word Origin and History for comstockery

Comstockery

n.

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).

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