Definition of Comstockery in US English:



  • Excessive opposition to supposed immorality in the arts; prudery.

    • ‘Every imaginable form of Comstockery is represented in this array of antichoice measures.’
    • ‘But she and others did not officially oppose Comstockery.’
    • ‘The ‘puritan forebears’ who didn't drink, swear, gamble, or fool around are pretty much an invention of 19th and 20th century Comstockery.’
    • ‘But what he might have made of the long-term consequences of his victory over Comstockery is open to question.’
    • ‘Bowdlerism, named after Dr Thomas Bowdler, has been around longer than Comstockery, named for Anthony Comstock.’


Named for Anthony Comstock (1844–1915), US author and reformer.