Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Modesty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Modesty; shamefacedness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Modesty; shamefacedness.

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  • noun obsolete modesty

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin pudentia, from Latin pudēre, to make or be ashamed.]

Examples

  • Now that death had replaced sex as the great unmentionable it had acquired its own pudency; to die when you had not yet become a nuisance and before your friends could reasonably raise the ritual chant of "happy release" was in the worst of taste.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • Where combine with all her coyness her pride and pudency:

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • With the instinct of despair, she had buried herself deep in the hay, hiding her face in it to deaden those dreadful cries — pudency even stronger than grief.

    The Message

  • With the instinct of despair, she had buried herself deep in the hay, hiding her face in it to deaden those dreadful cries — pudency even stronger than grief.

    The Message

  • To prove his courage, he told her of his present way of life; Louise had known nothing of its hardships, for there is an indefinable pudency inseparable from strong feeling in youth, a delicacy which shrinks from a display of great qualities; and a young man loves to have the real quality of his nature discerned through the incognito.

    Two Poets

  • To prove his courage, he told her of his present way of life; Louise had known nothing of its hardships, for there is an indefinable pudency inseparable from strong feeling in youth, a delicacy which shrinks from a display of great qualities; and a young man loves to have the real quality of his nature discerned through the incognito.

    Two Poets

  • And from the form taken by such slanders as are circulated in our own sedate and moderate epoch may be conceived what might be said by political opponents in a fierce age that knew no pudency and no restraint.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • And from the form taken by such slanders as are circulated in our own sedate and moderate epoch may be conceived what might be said by political opponents in a fierce age that knew no pudency and no restraint.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • They have that whisper and waving of secresy in secret scenery; they beckon to the bath; and they conjure classic visions of the pudency of the Goddess irate or unsighted.

    Diana of the Crossways — Volume 2

  • Each had intended to pass a day and a night in this lonely dwelling-place by the lake, but a rival was less to be tolerated there than in love, and each awaited the other's departure, with an air that said: 'You are in my sunlight'; and going deeper, more sternly: 'Sir, you are an offence to Nature's pudency!'

    The Amazing Marriage — Volume 1

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  • modesty;prudishness

    November 25, 2007