To save this word, you'll need to log in.
1795, in the meaning defined above
Keep scrolling for more
Time Traveler for pruriency
See more words from the same year
Cite this Entry
“Pruriency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pruriency. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.
More from Merriam-Webster on pruriency
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pruriency
Comments on pruriency
What made you want to look up pruriency? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
In case you need to find out
Swell words for words lacking substance.
Workin’ to pay the bills.
Words from the week of 5/29/2020
A definitive answer.
And who put it there, anyway?
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
How is it the end of May?
Surprisingly specific words for shapes.
Build a city of skyscrapers—one synonym at a time.