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A prude (Old French prude)[1] is a person who is described as being overly concerned with decorum or propriety. They may be perceived as being uncomfortable with sexuality, nudity, alcohol, drug use or mischief. It can also refer to a person that has little sexual experience, despite the fact they may want to engage in such behavior. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Old French was the Romance dialect continuum spoken in territories corresponding roughly to the northern half of modern France and parts of Belgium and Switzerland from around 1000 to 1300 A.D. It was known at the time as the langue doïl to distinguish it from the langue... Etiquette is the code that governs the expectations of social behavior, the conventional norm. ... Look up proper in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Functional group of an alcohol molecule. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

The name is generally considered to mean excessive modesty, and hence unflattering, and is often used as an insult. A person who is considered a prude may have reservations about nudity, participating in romantic or sexual activity, drinking alcohol or consuming other drugs, or participating in mischief. These reservations may stem from shyness or strict moral beliefs. Actions or beliefs that may cause someone to be labeled a prude include advocating or practising abstinence, advocating prohibition, advocating censorship of sexuality or nudity in media, disapproval of being topless in public, avoiding or condemning displays of affection, or exhibiting unusual levels of discomfort with sexuality, alcohol, drugs, or mischief. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. ... The term Prohibition, also known as A Dry Law, refers to a law in a certain country by which the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted or illegal. ... Censorship is defined as the removal and withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. ... A woman wearing traditional clothing in Southern Ethiopia - many traditional cultures do not stigmatise toplessness among women Being topless or bare chested means not wearing any clothing above the waist, exposing the entire torso. ... A kiss can express affection. ...

Like modesty, one's perceived prudishness may vary according to who is present. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Sexually repressed or sexually repressive are other terms used to describe people who might be labeled prudes. The term Puritan is sometimes used in the same way, reflecting the stereotype image of members of the Puritan religious sect. For the record label, see Puritan Records. ...

See Also

Misanthropy is a general dislike of the human race. ... A Prig (IPA: ) is someone who shows an inordinately zealous approach to matters of form and propriety; especially where the Prig has the ability to show his/her superior knowledge to those who dont know the protocol. ... For the record label, see Puritan Records. ... To some advocates of the philosophy of sex-positivity, the traditional and still dominant view of sex in Western culture. ...


  1. ^ Prude - yourDictionary.com. Houghton Mifflin Company. Retrieved on 2007-04-07.



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