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pudeur Line breaks: pu¦deur
Pronunciation: /pjuːˈdəː/
/pydœʀ/

Definition of pudeur in English:

noun

[mass noun]
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.’

Origin

1930s: French, literally 'modesty'.

Words that rhyme with pudeur

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