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prurient

[ proor-ee-uhnt ]
/ ˈprʊər i ənt /
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Definition of prurient

adjective
having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
causing lasciviousness or lust.
having a restless desire or longing.
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Origin of prurient

1630–40; <Latin prūrient- (stem of prūriēns), present participle of prūrīre to itch

OTHER WORDS FROM prurient

pru·ri·ence, pru·ri·en·cy, nounpru·ri·ent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prurient

prurient
/ (ˈprʊərɪənt) /

adjective
unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
exciting or encouraging lustfulness; erotic

Derived forms of prurient

prurience, nounpruriently, adverb

Word Origin for prurient

C17: from Latin prūrīre to itch, to lust after
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