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 Misogyny, not prurience The Japanese press, by and large, is respectful of the boundaries set by the Imperial Household Agency. The Economist, "Japan’s emperor is a prisoner in his own palaces," 17 Oct. 2019 But there is more than prurience in their gaze, and in the movie’s. Justin Chang,, "‘Synonyms’ at Gene Siskel Film Center: When in France, do as the Israeli commandos-turned-nude Parisian models do," 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, "Julian Lucas," 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, "‘The Incurable Romantic’ Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply," 5 Oct. 2018 Months later people are still asking, and not out of mere prurience, what happened to Steven Murphy? Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Buyer's Remorse: Inside the Art World's Billion-Dollar Rivalry," 4 Mar. 2015 Descriptions of her are icky either in their prurience or disgust, with a creepy focus on her body. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Her name is Nazuna (Suzu Hirose), and the movie continually scrutinizes her body with the sort of prurience that feeds the skeeziest, most stereotypical assumptions about the filmmakers’ chosen medium. Justin Chang,, "Time-travel romance, but no magic, in the Japanese anime 'Fireworks'," 2 July 2018 Easier to transpose it into a key of prurience and wait for the whole thing to stroke itself into exhaustion. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "We’re Not Done Here," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of prurience

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Prurience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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