nice-nellyism

nice-nel•ly•ism

or nice′-Nel′ly•ism

(ˈnaɪsˈnɛl iˌɪz əm)

n.
1. excessive modesty; prudishness.
2. a euphemism: timid writing, full of nice-nellyisms.
[1935–40]

nice-nellyism, nice-Nellyism

a euphemism. See also attitudes.
See also: Language
a euphemism. See also attitudes; language style.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
an inordinate degree of modesty or prudishness, or the appearance of such characteristics. See also language styles. — nice-nelly, — nice-Nelly, n.
See also: Attitudes
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It is a term of political convenience, a nice-nellyism contrived and promoted by those in power .