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pudency

Line breaks: pu¦dency
Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːd(ə)nsi
 
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Definition of pudency in English:

noun

literary
Modesty or embarrassment.
Example sentences
  • ‘Pudic,’ from the Latin pudere, ‘to be ashamed,’ does not translate; in English the closest derivative is ‘pudency,’ meaning ‘modesty.’
  • The penultimate line, with its ‘If’, seems to place the relationship between chastity and sartorial pudency as speculative, as if to emphasize the gravity of an accusation against ‘Honour, and true Chastity’.
  • The Great Imitator was also the great secret, for reasons ranging from pudency to the security of nations.

Origin

early 17th century: from late Latin pudentia.

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