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
Recent Examples of prurient from the Web
But for some people, what begins as prurient curiosity eventually leads them to jail.
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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
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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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