It remains unclear whether the interest is altruistic or self-aggrandizing, humane or prurient, psychopathic or admirable.
The influence of Oliver Stone, our granddaddy of prurient interest in political violence, hung thick in the air.
The only interest served by the Guardians of Peace is our prurient interest.
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.
That prurient heat in Twenty-five millions of hearts is not cooled thereby; but is still hot, nay hotter.
The Aino's imagination is as prurient as that of any Zola, and far more outspoken.
Voltaire says that these prurient questions were debated with a gusto and a minuteness of detail not found elsewhere.
"To h–––– with their prurient laws," said Lopez, rising suddenly from his chair.
And this fair-haired little figure was the woman that people who knew her only from her books, called bold, prurient even!
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.