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prurient Line breaks: pruri|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈprʊərɪənt/

Definition of prurient in English:


Having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters, especially the sexual activity of others: she’d been the subject of much prurient curiosity
More example sentences
  • Shaun's censorious attitude combines freely with a prurient interest in sexual matters.
  • People have an in-built prurient curiosity and voyeurism so why should we blame the programme makers for that?
  • In the West, Miike frequently gets pegged as a shock artist, a filmmaker who merits our prurient interest more than our legitimate respect.


Pronunciation: /ˈprʊərɪəns/
Example sentences
  • To illustrate: a State might choose to prohibit only that obscenity which is the most patently offensive in its prurience - i.e., that which involves the most lascivious displays of sexual activity.
  • It is taboo, embarrassment and sexuality's enforced covertness which foments ‘sauciness’, prurience, and notions of filth.
  • If the British tabloid press shows the nation's unconscious mind at work - a bubbling pit of prurience and anxiety - then the Hollywood block-buster reveals the deepest fantasies and paranoia of the American psyche.
Example sentences
  • She also shames the reader with his or her pruriency - promising a story about a murderess involved in an extramarital sexual scandal.
  • I've plunged beyond the sickest depths of pruriency. What is normal to me is far beneath what is seen as mere "obscenity".
Pronunciation: /ˈprʊərɪəntli/
Example sentences
  • These are people who frequented the beaches and pruriently connected naturism with sex.
  • How this chap responds to your choosing not to have an agony recital will tell you whether he respects your wishes or is pruriently curious and just interested in a soap opera.
  • Could one not, as a whole, find the nude statue of Michelangelo's David pruriently appealing?


Late 16th century (in the sense 'having a mental itching'): from Latin prurient- 'itching, longing' and 'being wanton', from the verb prurire.

Words that rhyme with prurient

esurient, luxuriant, parturient
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