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He was everything you would expect an army major to be - competitive, committed, precise to the point of priggishness and, above all, shrewd.
What emerges is a "fiercely individualistic" man who is less contradictory than multifaceted: ascetic but capable of emotional and sensuous writing, stubborn and scurrilous as a polemicist but open-minded and imaginative as a scholar, arrogant to the point of priggishness but capable of warm affection, and far too widely learned to permit comfortable adherence to any one party or dogma.
His pompous snobbery and priggishness dovetails beautifully with his neurotic brother, hard-nosed father and his randy radio producer, the earth mother, Ros.
Rarely has the concept been cast in a favorable light, frequently being related to conceit, arrogance, boastfulness, haughtiness, and priggishness (Chakrabarti 1992).
Tolerance, compassion, freedom and individuality in the shape of Vianne are about to clash with the priggishness of the well-intentioned but fatally bigoted Reynaud.
The pathos of these stories is sometimes punctured by wanton priggishness.
Such a compact system of education trains with great thoroughness; it utilizes the students' time to the fullest; it makes, however, for vocational misfits, fosters professional priggishness, and aggravates the overcrowding of the professions.
And it is in this character that the book lives with greatest richness and unpredictability, in the way we spend ordinary time with Lewis, wandering the streets and mulling over conversations and characters from books, discovering his values and cleaving to them, not out of priggishness or fear but from a desire to be himself, no matter the pressure to please others.
Rosalind Fuller's 'volatile and sexually charged' portrayal of Ophelia in the mad scene drew a 'vague priggishness and male protectiveness' from some men, registering 'the ambivalence felt towards the emergent shifts in the perception of women's freedom and sexuality, shortly to be reflected in the flapper skirts and provocative dances that typify for us "the twenties"'.
Given this assertion, is it not reasonable to ask to what extent the doctrine of administrative neutrality gives way to administrative priggishness -- that is to say, to an inflated sense of self-importance and self-regard, and, perhaps, even to an arrogant sense of self-righteousness?
One senses that Muller returned from Italy late in 1818 having cast off his priggishness and many of his inhibitions.
His virtues degenerates into priggishness and moral pushiness.