prurient


pru·ri·ent

adjective \-ənt\

: having or showing too much interest in sex

Full Definition of PRURIENT

:  marked by or arousing an immoderate or unwholesome interest or desire; especially :  marked by, arousing, or appealing to sexual desire
pru·ri·ent·ly adverb

Examples of PRURIENT

  1. He took a prurient interest in her personal life.
  2. a book that appealed to the prurient curiosity of its readers

Origin of PRURIENT

Latin prurient-, pruriens, present participle of prurire to itch, crave; akin to Latin pruna glowing coal, Sanskrit ploṣati he singes, and probably to Latin pruina hoarfrost — more at freeze
First Known Use: 1592

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