Definition of pudeur in English:

pudeur

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’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: French, literally modesty.

Pronunciation:

pudeur

/pjuːˈdəː/