Grundyism

Grundyism

[gruhn-dee-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
a prudish adherence to conventionality, especially in personal behavior.
2.
(lowercase) an instance of such prudishness.

Origin:
1830–40; Grundy + -ism

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Grundy (ˈɡrʌndɪ)
 
n
a narrow-minded person who keeps critical watch on the propriety of others
 
[C18: named after Mrs Grundy, the character in T. Morton's play Speed the Plough (1798)]
 
'Grundyism
 
n
 
'Grundyist
 
n
 
'Grundyite
 
n

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grundyism
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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