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Grundyism

[gruhn-dee-iz-uh m] /ˈgrʌn diˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
a prudish adherence to conventionality, especially in personal behavior.
2.
(lowercase) an instance of such prudishness.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; Grundy + -ism
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Word Origin and History for Grundyism

grundyism

n.

1836, from Mrs. Grundy, prudish character in Thomas Morton's 1798 play "Speed the Plow," play and playwright otherwise now forgotten, but the line "What would Mrs. Grundy say?" became proverbial.

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