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.

Origin of prudery

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