A sense of shame or embarrassment, especially with regard to matters of a sexual or personal nature: he has a sort of pudeur about that side of his politics [count noun]: he respected the man’s peculiar pudeurs and never spoke of it again
More example sentences
- In this instance, Zina, in going after what she wants without shame or pudeur, manages to dampen the male fantasy of female arousal.
- Dr Grylls suggests that the mysterious silence of Laura can be linked to sexual pudeur.
- Even then, their work is characterised by ‘an astringent, objective pudeur, a convention of impersonality which allows voice only to the socially-sanctioned emotions and concepts.’
1930s: French, literally 'modesty'.
Definition of pudeur in:
- The US English dictionary