prudery

noun prud·ery \ ˈprü-d(ə-)rē \
|Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of prudery

plural pruderies
1 : the characteristic quality or state of a prude
2 : a prudish act or remark

Examples of prudery in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of prudery

1709

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of prudery for English Language Learners

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


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