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Priggishness   Listen

Exaggerated and arrogant properness.  Synonym: primness.

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"Priggishness" Quotes from Famous Books

... His wife feels exactly in the same way, though she expresses her feeling differently. And Dalmaine—if I were an able-bodied man I rather think I should have kicked Dalmaine downstairs before this. 'Lo you, what comes of lofty priggishness!'—that is his text, and he enlarges on it in a manner worthy of himself. And the amazing thing is that it never occurs to these people to explain what has happened on any but the least ...
— Thyrza • George Gissing

... throw a mist of thought between ourselves and the external world: and through this we discern, as in a glass darkly, that which we have arranged to see. We see it in the way in which our neighbours see it; sometimes through a pink veil, sometimes through a grey. Religion, indigestion, priggishness, or discontent may drape the panes. The prismatic colours of a fashionable school of art may stain them. Inevitably, too, we see the narrow world our windows show us, not "in itself," but in relation ...
— Practical Mysticism - A Little Book for Normal People • Evelyn Underhill

Words linked to "Priggishness" :   primness, properness, propriety, priggish, correctitude

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