pru·​ri·​ence | \ ˈpru̇r-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce prurience (audio) \

Definition of prurience

: the quality or state of being prurient

Examples of prurience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Richard Greene, despite his objections to biographical prurience, does give us some piquant details. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 But perhaps to avoid any charges of prurience, Richard Greene lets a stream of prostitutes and lovers flow through the book as one-dimensional as shapes in a shooting gallery. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 This is a recurring problem for artists, from Vladimir Nabokov to Bernardo Bertolucci: How to explore the legitimate issue of prurience without being positively prurient, or at least unnecessarily prurient? Nr Editors, National Review, 3 Sep. 2020 Grevenitis hopes that the photography, which has allowed her control over the prurience of outsiders, will perhaps provide her daughter with something similar. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2020 Misogyny, not prurience The Japanese press, by and large, is respectful of the boundaries set by the Imperial Household Agency. The Economist, 17 Oct. 2019 But there is more than prurience in their gaze, and in the movie’s. Justin Chang,, 5 Dec. 2019 Gawkers jostle for a viewing, journalists angle for takes; in the crowd, expressions of reverent fascination vie with cynical dismissals and racist prurience. The New York Review of Books, 21 Feb. 2019 Stories about those who arrive on a therapist’s couch to complain about their love woes may appeal to our instincts for voyeurism, but Mr. Tallis never veers into prurience. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of prurience

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Prurience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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