Origin of prurient
Examples from the Web for prurient
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.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies|James Poulos|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Monica Lewinsky, now 41, is once again the object of prurient curiosity.‘Clinton Inc.’ Author Dishes on Monica Lewinsky and the Blue Dress|Lloyd Grove|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had this idea that he was in the wrong body and wanted to become a woman, and these issues are not just prurient.Alex Gibney on His WikiLeaks Documentary: Julian Assange Got Corrupted|Marlow Stern|January 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps this is one reason, beyond the prurient, that people are fascinated.
Even from the religious point of view, prurient prudery is not justifiable.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
Grave, shy, and reserved, I was never taken into the counsels of prurient schoolmates.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
But with these obscene processes and prurient apparitions the gentle and happy scholar of flowers has nothing whatever to do.Proserpina, Volume 2|John Ruskin
And this in the interest of health and longevity, not in the interest of a prurient and effeminate "art."Whitman|John Burroughs
To call such a man ‘ambitious,’ to figure him as the prurient windbag described above, seems to me the poorest solecism.
British Dictionary definitions for prurient
Word Origin for prurient
Word Origin and History 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.