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Synonyms for primness

excessive or affected modesty

exaggerated and arrogant properness

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A year closer to understanding the real meaning of the tango than I was, she was a flame-haired, freckle-faced, clean-socked vision of primness, a gentle goddess and pillar of playing by the parental rule book.
This decision is understandable, but it introduces a primness to the narrative that's a drag.
Once again, Fauset arrives trailing clouds of prudery and primness, incapable of imagining--much less participating in--moral indiscretion.
But evangelical friendships of the sort I have described would appear to have faded at an even earlier date, the victims of a growing primness among middle-class evangelicals.
These vestry values, as we shall call them, imposed on community by the bureaucratic regimentation of reforming oligarchies, established a monied authoritarian primness, a new snobbery of sanctimonious repressiveness, that rejoiced in scapegoating the poor and prohibiting their folk celebrations.
The essay teases out the complex allusions Swinburne mounts as part of his assault on the moral criticism of the Victorians, their censorship of literature, and even the primness of public school education.
For his part, listening to her string quartet rehearse in the Wigmore Hall, what strikes him about it is this aspect of prim agitation, and this primness depresses him.
Mulamba played the role with proper primness and even a hint of repressed sexiness.
But when they don their politico hat, it's as if they have been hardwired for primness and the most archaic interpretation of propriety.
Sex and scatology are, after all, only barriers to enjoyment if one projects the assumptions of a well-scrubbed urban life and middle-class primness onto one's narrators--but in the pastoral mode pissing will be pissing.
But it was her fiery sensuality in From Here to Eternity that gave the lie to any impression of primness and was the beginning of a number of more passionate roles.
There was an unusual femininity about it; not the femininity of women, nor yet the feminine primness of men; it was more a mingling of what is effeminate in both sexes.
In fact one senses beneath their primness an unhealthy obsession with sex.
But both women quickly shed the club's gray primness in favor of flaming orange hair, powder, and rouge, as well as copious amounts of what sounds like kohl, around their eyes.