- 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 prurience
All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.To Truly Shame Putin, Show Us the Bodies of MH17
July 22, 2014
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?
May 2, 2012
It is the curiosity and enthusiasm of youth rather than the prurience of age.Aliens
There is something unpleasant, painful, degrading in this ingenious mingling of prurience and prudery.Impressions And Comments
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.
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)
- unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
- exciting or encouraging lustfulness; erotic
Word Origin and History for prurience
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.