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Synonyms and Antonyms of nice–nellyism

  1. a tendency to care a great deal about seemly behavior and morals especially in sexual matters <a misguided nice-nellyism prompted the city-owned art museum to cancel its scheduled exhibit on the nude in photography> Synonyms moralism, nice-nellyism, prudishness, puritanismRelated Words Comstockery; old-maidishness, priggery, priggishness, primness; morality, virtueNear Antonyms lechery, prurience, pruriency; libertinage, libertinism; libertarianism

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