A person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity: the sex was so ambiguous and romantic that none but a prude could find it objectionable
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- Ms Sheppard said: ‘People tend to think of the Victorians as prudes but this dress is quite revealing.’
- He was neither a prude nor a Puritan, but he was scornful of self-indulgence, and though he earned a reputation as the champion of the poor, it was only of the deserving and never of the idle.
- Leland Ryken in his book on the Puritans, Worldly Saints, has shown by extensive quotes that the Puritans were anything but prudes about sex.
early 18th century: from French, back-formation from prudefemme, feminine of prud'homme 'good man and true', from prou 'worthy'.
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- Victorian prudery did the rest, followed in quick succession by an unhealthy determination to class sexual congress as obscene and therefore not to be discussed, far less celebrated.
- It is also where the prudery of a later time has obviously crept in; the sculptures all seem lack-lustre and no sexual connotations are to be found here.
- I grew up in those supposedly halcyon days before World War II, and what I mainly remember was the repressive prudery in all matters sexual.