Origin of prurient
OTHER WORDS FROM prurientpru·ri·ence, pru·ri·en·cy, nounpru·ri·ent·ly, adverb
How to use prurient in a sentence
All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.
Stern, however, eschewed innuendo for straightforward prurience.‘The Tonight Show’ Fight: Howard Stern vs. Jay Leno|The Daily Beast Video|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The California obscenity statute defines “prurience” as “a morbid, degrading, unhealthy interest in sex.”If Porn Isn’t Art, Does It Still Have a Right to Exist?|Michael Stabile|May 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Somehow, the Virginia bill became a symbol of right-wing prurience, invasiveness, and insensitivity.As Virginia Ultrasound Rule Fails, Is GOP Seeing Reproductive-Rights Backlash?|Michelle Goldberg|February 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Both books put graphic writing about sex in the service of something besides mere prurience.
There is something unpleasant, painful, degrading in this ingenious mingling of prurience and prudery.Impressions And Comments|Havelock Ellis
There was no angry prurience for fame or gold underlying such complaints.William Blake|Algernon Charles Swinburne
Burton argues that the "naive indecencies of the text of The Arabian Nights are rather gaudisserie than prurience."The Life of Sir Richard Burton|Thomas Wright
He never spoke on this subject with the slobbery grin of the voluptuary, or the leer of prurience.Flowers of Freethought|George W. Foote
That amazing mixture of sententious moralities, of prurience, and of mawkish sentiment, became the rage of the Town.Henry Fielding: A Memoir|G. M. Godden