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  • Having or revealing a tendency to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity; excessively concerned with sexual propriety.

    ‘the prudish moral climate of the late 19th century’
    • ‘My guess is that quite a few parents who don't particularly care about sex in the papers on their own account suddenly develop prudish tendencies when their child reads about it.’
    • ‘But only the most prudish will have been shocked by the news that Huntington Working Men's Club has finally allowed women into its games room.’
    • ‘But the family had never been prudish about nudity, Danny, a nurse, explained.’
    • ‘Another thing that worries me is how prudish people are about nudity, and sex.’
    • ‘The book chronicles her sexual encounters with the various men who replied and, despite my initial, rather prudish shock, I found myself saluting her courage.’
    • ‘Parents tend to a have a prudish, Victorian hangover about sex education in this country - it's pathetic.’
    • ‘What likewise astonishes is how Victorian, prudish, and ultra-conservative in thought most of us really are despite the claim to modernity and non-traditionalism.’
    • ‘The Victorian age was supposed to have been temperate, prudish, serious and industrious, rather like the good Queen herself.’
    • ‘In 1948, Professor Alfred C. Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, dropping a proverbial bomb of sexual information on a largely misinformed and prudish culture.’
    • ‘But in the prudish 1840s, women were expected to know their place - and it did not involve depicting headstrong, passionate women who became enamoured with married men.’
    • ‘His hero was promptly rechristened Rodolfo, and Cammarano also argued, to Verdi's annoyance, that the prudish Neapolitan audience would never accept a prince's mistress on stage.’
    • ‘The Euripides story tells of a young and prudish king who tries to stop a vengeful God and his band of tutu-clad Bacchae from corrupting the women of his kingdom - including his own mother, Agave.’
    • ‘It's not that Paul swears a lot or that I'm prudish about bad language, it's just a surprise to see his glossy showman veneer crack a little.’
    • ‘Sex is a part of life and I felt we were being a bit prudish not showing any.’
    • ‘Much of America adopts a prudish attitude to betting.’
    • ‘It's not that they are at all prudish or old fashioned, or even disapproving of my having a sexually active lifestyle; the opposite in fact.’
    • ‘Mr S was very prudish and old-fashioned in thinking he could shield his children from his playboy reputation.’
    • ‘Our great-grandparents were rather less prudish than we might imagine.’
    • ‘The film is perfunctory, even prudish, in its depiction of sex and refuses to acknowledge Aids.’
    • ‘He was religious and prudish, which is one of the main reasons why the novels of his era do not feature any sex.’
    puritanical, puritan, priggish, prim, prim and proper, formal, moralistic, strait-laced, prissy, mimsy, stuffy, niminy-piminy, Victorian, old-maid, old-maidish, schoolmistressy, schoolmarmish, governessy
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/ˈpro͞odiSH/ /ˈprudɪʃ/