"modesty," especially in sexual matters, 1937, from French pudeur "modesty," from Latin pudor "shame, modesty," from pudere "make ashamed" (see pudendum). The same word had been borrowed into English directly from Latin as pudor (1620s), but this became obsolete.
Examples from the Web for pudeur
Historical Examples of pudeur
It is, of course, mainly with pudeur that I am here concerned.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)
Modesty (pudeur) is always the sign and safeguard of a mystery.Amiel's Journal
Merci, Pudeur, Loyauté, are introduced by that poet as persons whom he met as he rode on his travels.A Short History of French Literature
But nevertheless, she felt at this moment a certain pudeur which was almost like the pudeur of a girl.December Love
This "pudeur," carried to an excess, appears to me the peculiar characteristic of Cordelia.Characteristics of Women