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

From the French word pruderie, dating back to 1700–10. See prude, -ery
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Related Words for prudery

simplicity, reticence, propriety, purity, decency, humility, virtue, rigidity, diffidence, humbleness, demureness, timidity, quietness, self-effacement, constraint, delicacy, inhibition, meekness, chastity, innocence

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Word Origin and History for prudery


1709, from prude + -ery and in part from French pruderie.

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."

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