prudery

[ proo-duh-ree ]
/ ˈpru də ri /

noun, plural prud·er·ies for 2.

excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc.
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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