All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.
The California obscenity statute defines “prurience” as “a morbid, degrading, unhealthy interest in sex.”
It is the curiosity and enthusiasm of youth rather than the prurience of age.
It is refreshing to turn from cynicism and prurience, to gentle and more harmless pleasantry.
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.
His enormous popularity, the widest in the world of letters, owes absolutely nothing to prurience or curiosity.
Burton argues that the "naive indecencies of the text of The Arabian Nights are rather gaudisserie than 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.