One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Modesty or embarrassment.
- ‘‘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.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin pudentia.
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