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

Definition of prurience

: the quality or state of being prurient

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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 But the director, who wrote the script with Chris Bergoch, avoids the traps of condescension and prurience that ensnare too many well-meaning movies about poverty in America. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Florida Project,’ Enchantment in a Shabby Motel," 5 Oct. 2017 Trump’s journey to the White House would have been inconceivable without the coarseness of the Clinton years, a coarseness equally attributable to popular culture and the newfound web, the president’s scandals and the prurience of his critics. David Friend, Newsweek, "Before Trump Was President, Online Sex Videos, Bill Clinton and the Naughty '90s Changed America," 7 Sep. 2017 A year and a half ago, however, for the 2016 edition, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the calendar’s raison d’être took a sharp turn from prurience to pride. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "What the 2018 Pirelli Calendar Says About Race," 20 July 2017

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1781, in the meaning defined above

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