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prurient

[proo r-ee-uh nt] /ˈprʊər i ənt/
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.
Origin of prurient
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin prūrient- (stem of prūriēns), present participle of prūrīre to itch
Related forms
prurience, pruriency, noun
pruriently, adverb
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  • It is the curiosity and enthusiasm of youth rather than the prurience of age.

    Aliens William McFee
  • 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
  • The prurience and prudery which have poisoned sexual life in the past are alike rendered impossible.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • His enormous popularity, the widest in the world of letters, owes absolutely nothing to prurience or curiosity.

    Essays in Little Andrew Lang
  • Burton argues that the "naive indecencies of the text of The Arabian Nights are rather gaudisserie than prurience."

British Dictionary definitions for prurience

prurient

/ˈprʊərɪənt/
adjective
1.
unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
2.
exciting or encouraging lustfulness; erotic
Derived Forms
prurience, noun
pruriently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin prūrīre to itch, to lust after
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Word Origin and History for prurience
n.

1680s, from prurient + -ence. Related: Pruriency (1660s).

prurient

adj.

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.

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