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prurient

[ proor-ee-uhnt ]

adjective

  1. having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
  2. causing lasciviousness or lust.
  3. having a restless desire or longing.


prurient

/ ˈprʊərɪənt /

adjective

  1. unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
  2. exciting or encouraging lustfulness; erotic


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Derived Forms

  • ˈprurience, noun
  • ˈpruriently, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pruri·ence pruri·en·cy noun
  • pruri·ent·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of prurient1

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

Origin of prurient1

C17: from Latin prūrīre to itch, to lust after
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Example Sentences

We’re living in America, let’s remember, which is both puritanical and prurient.

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His Jeff Jefferies is her dream twin, a man who has come to prefer the prurient watching of life to actually living it.

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The only interest served by the Guardians of Peace is our prurient interest.

The influence of Oliver Stone, our granddaddy of prurient interest in political violence, hung thick in the air.

And Monica Lewinsky, now 41, is once again the object of prurient curiosity.

He had this idea that he was in the wrong body and wanted to become a woman, and these issues are not just prurient.

Sure, a lot of the interest in his returns is politically prurient.

Compared with this lordly poem, the erotic novel of the day, with its prurient platitudes, is as a satyr to Hyperion.

And the prurient, who are most intimately moved by it, make up most of those who cannot see beyond it.

The book was too true to life to please the bourgeois and yet not ribald enough to tickle the prurient.

In London or in New-York, an establishment so public would be thronged with persons eager to gratify a prurient curiosity.

At length, the little man with the epaulet commenced a very prurient tale.

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