grundyism


grundyism
\ \ [19] The term grundyismprudishness’ was based on Mrs Grundy, a character in Thomas Moreton’s play Speed the Plough 1798 who became proverbial for her extreme rigidity in matters of sexual morality.
\ \ Dame Ashfield, another character in the play, when contemplating some ticklish moral dilemma would invariably ask herself ‘What would Mrs Grundy say?’.

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  • Grundyism — Grun dy*ism, n. Narrow and unintelligent conventionalism. {Grun dy*ist}, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grundyism — 1836, from Mrs. Grundy, prudish character in Thomas Morton s 1798 play Speed the Plow, play and playwright otherwise now forgotten, but the line What would Mrs. Grundy say? became proverbial …   Etymology dictionary

  • grundyism — [19] The term grundyism ‘prudishness’ was based on Mrs Grundy, a character in Thomas Moreton’s play Speed the Plough 1798 who became proverbial for her extreme rigidity in matters of sexual morality. Dame Ashfield, another character in the play,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • Grundyism — noun excessive or affected modesty • Syn: ↑primness, ↑prudishness, ↑prudery • Derivationally related forms: ↑prudish (for: ↑prudishness), ↑prim ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grundyism — /grun dee iz euhm/, n. 1. a prudish adherence to conventionality, esp. in personal behavior. 2. (l.c.) an instance of such prudishness. [1830 40; GRUNDY + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • Grundyism — n. conventionalism, conservatism; prudishness, modesty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grundyism — grun·dy·ism …   English syllables

  • Grundyism — /ˈgrʌndiɪzəm/ (say grundeeizuhm) noun prudery; narrow mindedness; excessive attachment to conventional behaviour. {after Mrs Grundy, a person mentioned in Thomas Morton s play Speed the Plough (1798) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Grundyist — Grundyism Grun dy*ism, n. Narrow and unintelligent conventionalism. {Grun dy*ist}, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mrs Grundy — For the Archie Comics character, see Miss Grundy. Mrs Grundy is the name of an imaginary English character, who typifies the disciplinary control of the conventional proprieties of society over conduct, the tyrannical pressure of the opinion of… …   Wikipedia