prudery

noun
prud·​ery | \ ˈprü-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce prudery (audio) \
plural pruderies

Definition of prudery

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

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Examples of prudery in a Sentence

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

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The Academy was eager to give him the Oscar both to showcase its view that he had been victimized by prudery and to dunk on conservatives. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Jeffrey Epstein Should Cancel the Culture’s Humbert Humberts," 9 July 2019 Pleasure and its unfettered indulgence drove the latter, who refused to put up with the prudery of polite society. David Pagel, latimes.com, "For Kitty Brophy, freedom from authority in some wickedly sensuous lines," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prudery

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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prudery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prudery

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

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