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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
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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Examples for prurience
  • The tension between innocence and prurience is exquisite, if not unprecedented.
  • His smarmy prurience becomes a factor in national policy.
  • prurience and disgust parade under the banner of social studies.
  • Public figures with blameless private lives may find the media's habitual prurience so unbearable that they leave office.
  • Cigars, hair gel, the whole political-entertainment complex of prurience.
  • It's apparent that nothing in this world is immutable-neither the balance of power, the meaning of prurience nor physical beauty.
  • Characters are never fully brought to life, and there is a rather cynical pandering to 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
prurient
1639, "itching," later "having an itching desire" (1653), esp. "lascivious, lewd," (1746), from L. prurientem (nom. pruriens), prp. of prurire "to itch, long for, be wanton," perhaps related to pruna "glowing coals."
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