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Risqué, coarse, or obscene language.

[Middle English bawdery, pandering, from bawd, bawd; see bawd.]
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archaic obscene talk or language
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(ˈbɔ dri)

2. Archaic. lewdness.
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1. Archaic. the practice or occupation of being a bawd or procurer.
2. Obsolete, fornication or unlawful intercourse.
See also: Sex
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bawdry - lewd or obscene talk or writing; "it was smoking-room bawdry"; "they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy"
dirty word, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
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Something that is offensive to accepted standards of decency:
Slang: raunch.
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Stewart's 1725 volume), while Pauline Mackay's exploration of Ramsay's bawdry and Rhona Brown's examination of the periodical press reception indicate only two of many areas in which work on Ramsay could be significantly expanded.
"My research on 18th-century Scottish bawdry and erotica has shown there was a quantity circulating in Scotland throughout the 18th century, in pen and ink, in privately printed books and in cheaply available literature such as chapbooks and broadsides.
More recently, Ira Clark writes that "Tharsalio wins Eudora by outrageous bawdry" ("Widow-Hunt," 405).
It was bought back by Hawker Siddeley in the 1970s and placed on display at RAF Bawdry, Pembrokeshire.
Consider the statement by Antonin Bawdry, current Cultural Counselor at the French Embassy in the U.S., "Les fins de la diplomatie culturelle ne sont pas culturelles." Ecole normale superieure, "Puissance de l'autre.
NNA - Public Health Minister, Wael Abu Faour, on Friday vehemently condemned what he described as a "bawdry" campaign facing the food-safety campaign launched by the Ministry of Health, warning that the worst is yet to come with a disastrous scandal of chicken farms.
(10) At the same time, it will be argued (convincingly, we hope) that the strategies chosen to communicate bawdry in these examples differ sharply according to the type of interlocutors and, strictly speaking, their gender.
In addition to Kimmel's approach, for Freud, the tendency of bawdry jokes is to ally the speaker as the first person and the listener as the third person, through the medium of a woman as the second person.
(17) This was a common feature of Poel's edits and as Claris Glick notes, such prudishness extended also to his Shakespearean productions: "Little of Shakespeare's bawdry escapes his pencil" (17).
(1990), Shakespeare's Bawdry, London and New York: Routledge.
Encrotch, an appropriate choice for the protagonist of a predominantly sexual story." (16) Thus do the grunting monosyllables of "Gus Krutzsch" take on the allusive power of Neronian literature and cryptic bawdry.
Moll Frith--"Moll Cutpurse"--in The Roaring Girl uses the same phrase as John Wheeler when she says, "Marriage is but a chopping and a changing." (21) Like the theaters, which Gosson and others called "markets for bawdry," shopping is a source of anxious pleasure.