Definition of prurient
: marked by or arousing an immoderate or unwholesome interest or desire; especially : marked by, arousing, or appealing to sexual desire
Examples of prurient in a sentence
He took a prurient interest in her personal life.
a book that appealed to the prurient curiosity of its readers
Origin and Etymology 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
PRURIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prurient for English Language Learners
: having or showing too much interest in sex
Legal Definition of prurient
: marked by or arousing an unwholesome sexual interest or desire
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