noun, plural prud·er·ies for 2.
- prudhoe bay,
Origin of prudery
Examples from the Web for prudery
These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.
Thats what I like in English prudery, that it cares for trifles only.Saunterings in and about London|Max Schlesinger
Dryden, who was innocent of prudery, declared that there was "more indecency" in that drama "than in all our plays together."Shakespeare and the Modern Stage|Sir Sidney Lee
He calls her “Prue” in fondness and reproach; she was Prudery itself!Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in proportion as the fortress is less threatened. [Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables"]
Some 20c. writers in English used extended form prudibundery, in many cases likely for contemptuous emphasis, from French prudibonderie "prudery."