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prudery

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noun prud·ery \ˈprü-d(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of prudery

  • : the behavior or thinking of people who are too easily shocked or offended : prudish behavior or attitudes

Full Definition of prudery

plural prud·er·ies

  1. 1 :  the characteristic quality or state of a prude

  2. 2 :  a prudish act or remark

Examples of prudery

  1. <such prudery regarding artistic depictions of the nude has no place on a college campus>



1709

First Known Use of prudery

1709


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