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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n priggishness exaggerated and arrogant properness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n priggishness The state or character of being priggish.
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In literature:

The logical understanding must not be allowed to put on priggish airs.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
Now, as it happened, Valentine Landry, driving away in a priggish state of mind, was suddenly overwhelmed by miserable remorse.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Of one of those inmates, the rather priggish Jack Tosswill, she had made a real conquest.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
The kind that isn't hypocritical or priggish.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
For once that priggish Miss Harlowe did manage to hold her tongue to some purpose.
"Grace Harlowe's First Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
The kind that isn't hypocritical or priggish.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
He was a Victorian in the bad as well as the good sense; he could not keep priggishness out of long poems.
"The Victorian Age in Literature" by G. K. Chesterton
We are none of us perfect, and we don't want a priggish biographer to pretend that we are.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Or, no; that's too priggish for my meaning.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Bit priggish, isn't it?
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Everything sentimental and priggish will be consecrated by it.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Avoid priggishness, which is detestable mental dry-rot; and flee from cant, the convenient domino of hypocrisy.
"A Speckled Bird" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
Is priggish Godfrey jealous?
"Love and hatred" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Who was this boy to set his priggish manners above hers?
"Hope Benham" by Nora Perry
Yet about this one on the other hand there was nothing priggish, nothing self-conscious.
"The Red Derelict" by Bertram Mitford
He is a bit cocky and priggish, and a bit gallant, but my darling knows how to keep him in his place.
"Eli's Children" by George Manville Fenn
This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.
"Children's Ways" by James Sully
You would consider that priggishness in England, but it's the truth.
"A Damaged Reputation" by Harold Bindloss
To lug in morals, or ulterior effect on character at every point, is to cultivate moral valetudinarianism or priggish posing.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey
Price looked round with rather priggish disgust.
"The King of Alsander" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

Whiplash injury, in some circles, is nearly synonymous with fraud or malingering: the claimants looked upon as priggish and their doctors as venal.