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cox·comb·ry

 (kŏk′skōm′rē, -skəm-)
n. pl. cox·comb·ries
Behavior that is characteristic of or appropriate to a coxcomb; foppish conceit.
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coxcombry

(ˈkɒksˌkəʊmrɪ)
n, pl -ries
conceited arrogance or foppishness
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cox•comb•ry

(ˈkɒksˌkoʊm ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. the manners or behavior of a coxcomb.
2. a foppish trait.
[1600–10]
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coxcombry

foolish conceit or vanity; behavior typical of a coxcomb.
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Because of the frank talk about personal hygiene, it was controversial, causing a "mild sensation." The author derided the typical education of Victorian girls, to whom "the coxcombries of education were taught," while they were left in "ignorance of the physical laws" that governed their own bodies.