Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being priggish.

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  • noun The state or quality of being priggish.

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  • noun exaggerated and arrogant properness

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Examples

  • It was in consequence of that regret and his controversies with Prothero while they travelled together in China that his concern about what he called priggishness arose.

    The Research Magnificent

  • "Sets" are the rule, and priggishness is rampant, even in the primeval forest.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • Both she and Edmund have highly developed moral sensibilities a kinder obverse of "priggishness" and Edmund, particularly, has to fight the temptation to compromise.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Both she and Edmund have highly developed moral sensibilities a kinder obverse of "priggishness" and Edmund, particularly, has to fight the temptation to compromise.

    :Acquired Taste

  • But one of the reasons why the heavenly life is apt to appear in prospect so wearisome a thing is, because we are brought up to feel that the whole character is flattened out and charged with a serene kind of priggishness, which takes all the salt out of life.

    The Child of the Dawn

  • [17] As I may have remarked elsewhere, they often seem to confuse it with "priggishness," "cant," and other amiable _cosas de Inglaterra_.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • The fact was, he was an ardent believer in the Good Boy of a certain order of school tales -- the boy who is seized with a sudden conviction of the intrinsic baseness of boyhood, and does all in his power to get rid of the harmful taint; the boy who renounces his old comrades and his natural tastes (which after all seldom have any serious harm in them), to don a panoply of priggishness which is too often kick-proof.

    Vice Versa or A Lesson to Fathers

  • They bicker constantly, Clemen's Falstaffian appetites and uncontrollable bodily urges clashing with the priggishness and military discipline of Jimmy, a former air-force officer, and their ill-tempered dialogues are often hilarious.

    Adios, Warlock

  • Austen's heroine is Fanny Price, informally adopted by her rich uncle and aunt; Fanny is generally passive and when she expresses an opinion tends towards priggishness (with the author's full approval); the stable conservative world of Mansfield Park is under threat from the cosmopolitan horrors of London, but Fanny supports the resistance.

    February Books 12) Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen

  • Hell, even if you do ask these sort of questions of any book that comes along, the binary quality of selection rather than evaluation carries a certain … muso priggishness.

    Critique From HereNow

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