I am looking for a pejorative (but not vulgar) noun describing individuals whom I allege are sexually repressed, moralizing, pontificating and who would use their authority to impose their view on others.

I don't think 'conservative' or 'traditionalist' really captures the strength of it but that is the kind of direction in which I am looking.

I am certain there is the perfect word but it seems to be out of my grasp. Any thoughts?

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  • It seems to me sexually repressed, moralizing, pontificating are just three randomly-selected insulting terms. There's no particular reason why English should have one specific term covering all three attributes. – FumbleFingers Dec 11 '16 at 17:37
  • @FumbleFinger I assure you they are precisely selected terms in the context of the complaint I am writing in respect of some forthcoming legislation. – Calchas Dec 11 '16 at 17:41
  • Hmm. I think what you're looking at here is a stereotype - but perhaps Victorian has the connotations you seek. – FumbleFingers Dec 11 '16 at 17:44
  • Any one of the money-making so-called TV evangelists? Wikipedia labels the money-spinning sector Televangelism – Mari-Lou A Dec 11 '16 at 17:46
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    @FumbleFingers, Victorian is a historical signifier applicable to many who were not this way at all--Oscar Wilde, for instance. I would suggest Puritan and/or prude. – Brian Donovan Dec 11 '16 at 19:40

You might consider a term derived from the name Comstock

Anthony Comstock (March 7, 1844 – September 21, 1915) was a United States Postal Inspector and politician dedicated to ideas of Victorian morality. The terms "comstockery" and "Comstockism" were used for his extensive campaign to censor materials he considered indecent and obscene, such as birth control information.


The adjective Comstockian is sometimes found. You could use it as a noun form to describe those subscribing to Mr. Comstock's approach to civil discourse and enforcement.

  • The etymology of this fits in perfectly. Thank you. – Calchas Dec 11 '16 at 17:45
  • Definition of bluenose : a person who advocates a rigorous moral code bluenosed play \-ˌnōzd\ adjective See words that rhyme with bluenose. merriam-webster.com – Senex Ægypti Parvi Dec 13 '16 at 11:18
  • @SenexÆgyptiParvi Sounds like a good answer. I would vote for it. – bib Dec 13 '16 at 11:22

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