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[ proo-duh-ree ]


, plural prud·er·ies
  1. excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc.
  2. pruderies, prudish actions, phrases, or words.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prudery1

From the French word pruderie, dating back to 1700–10. See prude, -ery
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Example Sentences

These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.

But like American speakeasies during prohibition in the USA, these places are oases in a desert of official prudery.

It would be lamentable indeed if such prudery moved us to a two-tiered, gender-segregated system of medical care.

A characteristic which distinguished them and which impressed Mrs. Pontellier most forcibly was their entire absence of prudery.

Then Griffith observed how delicate and prudent his lovely wife was, without ostentatious prudery; and his heart was at peace.

"Madeleine" ought to do something to clear away the mist in minds which confuse prudery and virtue.

When our women are better educated, there will be less prudery and more real modesty.

La Belle Stuart was one par excellence; in her the hypocrisy of prudery was double-distilled.





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