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prudery

[proo-duh-ree] /ˈpru də ri/
noun, plural pruderies for 2.
1.
excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc.
2.
pruderies, prudish actions, phrases, or words.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French pruderie. See prude, -ery
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  • That's our new conventional wisdom about an age of proverbial prudery.
  • There j is far too much new- fashioned prudery among mothers.

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