- having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
- causing lasciviousness or lust.
- having a restless desire or longing.
Origin of prurient
Examples from the Web for prurient
The only interest served by the Guardians of Peace is our prurient interest.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
The influence of Oliver Stone, our granddaddy of prurient interest in political violence, hung thick in the air.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies
September 24, 2014
And Monica Lewinsky, now 41, is once again the object of prurient curiosity.‘Clinton Inc.’ Author Dishes on Monica Lewinsky and the Blue Dress
July 23, 2014
He had this idea that he was in the wrong body and wanted to become a woman, and these issues are not just prurient.Alex Gibney on His WikiLeaks Documentary: Julian Assange Got Corrupted
January 24, 2013
Perhaps this is one reason, beyond the prurient, that people are fascinated.The Jenna Divorce Obsession
October 29, 2011
The Aino's imagination is as prurient as that of any Zola, and far more outspoken.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
"To h–––– with their prurient laws," said Lopez, rising suddenly from his chair.The Prime Minister
Those who peruse the book only from prurient curiosity will be disappointed.What a Young Woman Ought to Know
So far as my words go, there is not a syllable to shock any but a prurient modesty.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
It was a prurient French romance, and a cynical laugh came from his lips.A Fair Mystery
Bertha M. Clay
- unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
- exciting or encouraging lustfulness; erotic
Word Origin and History for prurient
1630s, "itching," later, and now exclusively, "having an itching desire" (1650s), especially "lascivious, lewd," (1746), from Latin prurientem (nominative pruriens), present participle of prurire "to itch; to long for, be wanton," perhaps related to pruna "glowing coals," from PIE root *preus- "to freeze; burn" (see freeze (v.)). Related: Pruriently.