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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
References in classic literature ?
There is no folly so besotted that the idiotic rivalries of society, the prurience, the rashness, the blindness of youth, will not hurry a man to its commission.
So, instead of providing context, depth, and analysis, newspapers are blasting out headlines that stimulate prurience or outrage.
But the director, who wrote the script with Chris Bergoch, avoids the traps of condescension and prurience that ensnare too many well-meaning movies about poverty in America.
The participation of the former human rights lawyer in the demonization of President Duterte's chief critic, especially his salacious, sexually charged questioning of Ronnie Dayan, the senator's former driver and lover, was a disgusting display of power and prurience.
Despite the deaths there's very little blood, and, despite the traditional prurience of slasher movies, there's no actual sex (Tree wakes up in Carter's bed, but it turns out he slept elsewhere).
Beyond the declarations of paper or the prurience of strung birds our disappearance will be as unheralded as the sleep of trees, as irreversible as inbreath and outcast.
Composed like a feverish fairytale, Albina and the Dog-Men is a South American parable of self-acceptance and belonging that is fueled by prurience and colored with vivid, hallucinogenic details.
When does spectating become prurience, or even just puerility?
In a society where everyone is encouraged to watch their neighbors, prurience is given de facto sanction and strangers become jailors, as in Fariba Vafi's "Unsettled, Unbound.
Never mind the selective prurience of some members of Bill Clinton's party.
He also noted approvingly--no doubt reducing sales--that it "resists, at every turn, titillation and prurience.
Homosexuality between consenting adults was decriminalised in the late 60s, so why the prurience now?