cover-shame

noun

Definition of cover-shame

1 obsolete : a device for masking something shameful put on holy garments for a cover-shame of lewdness— John Dryden
2 [so called from its use to induce abortion] : savin

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“Cover-shame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cover-shame. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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