One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘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.’’
Late 19th century: French, literally ‘modesty’.
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