- pruning hook,
- pruning shears,
- prurigo mitis,
- prurigo nodularis
Origin of prurient
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
Word Origin 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.