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a. Characterized by an inordinate interest in sex: prurient thoughts.
b. Arousing or appealing to an inordinate interest in sex: prurient literature.
2. Inordinately interested in matters of sex; lascivious.

[Latin prūriēns, prūrient-, present participle of prūrīre, to yearn for, itch; see preus- in Indo-European roots.]

pru′ri·ence, pru′ri·en·cy n.
pru′ri·ent·ly adv.

prurience, pruriency

an inclination toward lewdness or lustfulness; lustful behavior. — prurient, adj.
See also: Sex



pin-up A photograph or poster of a provocatively posed, scantily attired woman, usually one of the latest sex symbols among female movie stars. The term was most popular during World War II when soldiers commonly pinned such photographs up on the barrack walls. An equivalent American slang term is cheesecake, which combines the conventional association of food and sex with the photographer’s cliché “say cheese,” used to make subjects smile. The male counterpart of cheesecake is beefcake, an American slang term for sexually provocative photographs of partially-clad men. Centerfold, the current term for such photographs, comes from the two-page spreads featuring nude or semi-nude models, popular in magazines such as Playboy and Play-girl

skin flick A movie that emphasizes nudity; a pornographic film. This expression, obviously derived from the blatant and frequent nakedness of cast members, describes erotic motion pictures which luridly depict sexual activity.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prurience - feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness
amativeness, sexiness, amorousness, eroticism, erotism - the arousal of feelings of sexual desire




[ˈprʊərɪəns] Nsalacidad f, lascivia f


nAnzüglichkeit f; (of person)Lüsternheit f


[ˈprʊərɪəns] n (unhealthy interest) → curiosità morbosa, lascivia
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While the Hicklin Test has been dumped in the United States, being replaced by the Miller Test which sets what the community at large deems as obscene as the standard, Great Britain has, surprisingly, retained the ' deprave and corrupt' phraseology in the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 relating to the issue.
In 1973, the Supreme Court produced the three-prong Miller test as a means of determining whether something was obscene.
In it, the United States Supreme Court attempted, once again, to establish a number of criteria, known as the Miller Test, by which the judiciaries can determine what constitutes obscene material.