prudery [pro͞o′dər ē]
[Fr pruderie]
the quality or condition of being prudish

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  • prudery — 1709, from PRUDE (Cf. prude) + ERY (Cf. ery). The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in proportion as the fortress is less threatened. [Victor Hugo] …   Etymology dictionary

  • Prudery — Prud er*y, n.; pl. {Pruderies}. [F. pruderie. See {Prude}.] The quality or state of being prudish; excessive or affected scrupulousness in speech or conduct; stiffness; coyness. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prudery — [[t]pru͟ːdəri[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Prudery is prudish behaviour or attitudes …   English dictionary

  • prudery — prude ► NOUN ▪ a person who is easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity. DERIVATIVES prudish adjective prudery noun. ORIGIN from French prudefemme good woman and true …   English terms dictionary

  • prudery — noun (plural eries) Date: 1709 1. the characteristic quality or state of a prude 2. a prudish act or remark …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prudery — /prooh deuh ree/, n., pl. pruderies for 2. 1. excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc. 2. pruderies, prudish actions, phrases, or words. [1700 10; < F pruderie. See PRUDE, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • prudery — noun a) The condition of being prudish; prudishness b) Prudish behaviour Syn: prudishness …   Wiktionary

  • prudery — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. propriety; prudishness, stiffness, coyness, primness, preciousness. See affectation. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. stuffiness, primness, priggishness, strictness; see behavior 1 , courtesy 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • prudery — prud|er|y [ˈpru:dəri] n [U] the behaviour or attitude of people who are too easily shocked by things relating to sex used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prudery — prud|er|y [ prudəri ] noun uncount prudish behavior …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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