prurient

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adjective pru·ri·ent \-ənt\

Definition of prurient

  1. :  marked by or arousing an immoderate or unwholesome interest or desire; especially :  marked by, arousing, or appealing to sexual desire

pruriently

adverb

Examples of prurient in a sentence

  1. He took a prurient interest in her personal life.

  2. 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

prurient

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adjective pru·ri·ent \-ənt\

Definition of prurient for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing too much interest in sex


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prurient

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adjective pru·ri·ent \ˈpru̇r-ē-ənt\

Legal Definition of prurient

  1. :  marked by or arousing an unwholesome sexual interest or desire

pruriently

adverb

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