These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.
It was difficult to associate Beth with the idea of prudery or affectation.
This may seem like vanity or prudery; but no matter what it appears, if it be right.
We fear, for the honour of prudery, that her resistance was not very great.
prudery is, so to speak, sexual modesty codified and dogmatized.
Though he had little of the animal in him, and was never troubled by his appetites, he was quite free from prudery.
With their platitudes, their prudery, and their chastity, they make for death.
Does not Thackeray lament that since Fielding no novelist has dared to face the national affectation of prudery?
He secretly despised his sister's prudery though he dared not acknowledge it.
If prudery mean false modesty, it is to be despised; but if it mean modesty pushed to the utmost extent, I confess that I like it.
The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in proportion as the fortress is less threatened. [Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables"]Some 20c. writers in English used extended form prudibundery, in many cases likely for contemptuous emphasis, from French prudibonderie "prudery."