prudery

[proo-duh-ree]
noun, plural pruderies for 2.
1.
excessive propriety or modesty in speech, conduct, etc.
2.
pruderies, prudish actions, phrases, or words.

Origin:
1700–10; < French pruderie. See prude, -ery

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prude (pruːd)
 
n
a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex
 
[C18: from French, from prudefemme, from Old French prode femme respectable woman; see proud]
 
'prudish
 
adj
 
'prudishly
 
adv
 
'prudishness
 
n
 
'prudery
 
n

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There j is far too much new- fashioned prudery among mothers.
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