prudery


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prud·er·y

 (pro͞o′də-rē)
n. pl. prud·er·ies
1. The state or quality of being prudish.
2. An instance of prudish behavior or talk.

[French pruderie, from prude, prude; see prude.]

prud•er•y

(ˈpru də ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc.
2. pruderies, prudish actions, words, or remarks.
[1700–10; < French pruderie. See prude, -ery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prudery - excessive or affected modesty
modesty, modestness - freedom from vanity or conceit

prudery

noun primness, stuffiness, squeamishness, strictness, prudishness, priggishness, starchiness (informal), old-maidishness (informal), overmodesty, puritanicalness the legacy of Victorian prudery that regarded sex as a bestial activity
Translations

prudery

[ˈpruːdərɪ] Nremilgo m, mojigatería f, gazmoñería f

prudery

[ˈpruːdəri] npruderie f

prudery

nPrüderie f
References in classic literature ?
Pontellier most forcibly was their entire absence of prudery.
There was nothing mean or ungenerous in the young man's heart, and he was glad that his future wife should not be restrained by false prudery from being kind (in private) to her unhappy cousin; but to receive Countess Olenska in the family circle was a different thing from producing her in public, at the Opera of all places, and in the very box with the young girl whose engagement to him, Newland Archer, was to be announced within a few weeks.
I assuredly esteem as a rarity this nunlike prudery which is preserved untamed amid those Bohemian girls who are so easily brought into subjection.
It was a story that Philip was not unaccustomed to: the husband had been a soldier in India; the legislation forced upon that country by the prudery of the English public had given a free run to the most distressing of all diseases; the innocent suffered.
We want none of your Lisson Grove prudery here, young woman.
Then I saw her frame convulse, shudderingly, her muscles reacting to her rapidly lowering temperature, and casting prudery to the winds, I threw myself down beside her and took her in my arms, pressing her body close to mine.
Mere prudery, affectation, and a relic of the dark ages of the Zenana.
Not alone because of the privacy and holiness of the subject, but because of what might have been prudery in the middle class, but which in them was the modesty and reticence found in individuals of the working class when they strive after clean living and morality.
The days of prudery and prejudice are days gone by.
I'll do more than that; I'll drag that pattern of chastity, that pink of prudery, the delicate sister, through--'
There was no prudery about him; he would not decline to join a pleasure party; he in no way offended against military standards; but when questioned as to his affairs of the heart, he either kept silence or answered with a jest.
When the reader hath duly reflected on these many charms which all centered in our heroe, and considers at the same time the fresh obligations which Mrs Waters had to him, it will be a mark more of prudery than candour to entertain a bad opinion of her because she conceived a very good opinion of him.