Origin of prurient
Related formspru·ri·ence, pru·ri·en·cy, nounpru·ri·ent·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for prurience
All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.
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
The vulgar call it lust, and blush and hide their faces; in their folly is the shame, in their prurience the disgrace.The Hero|William Somerset Maugham
The prurience and prudery which have poisoned sexual life in the past are alike rendered impossible.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
It is refreshing to turn from cynicism and prurience, to gentle and more harmless pleasantry.History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
But, free of the prudery of the tabernacle and the prurience of the boulevard, surely the novel has a great future before it.
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