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.
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.