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[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’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Dr Grylls suggests that the mysterious silence of Laura can be linked to sexual pudeur.’
- ‘In this instance, Zina, in going after what she wants without shame or pudeur, manages to dampen the male fantasy of female arousal.’
Late 19th century: French, literally modesty.
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