pruriency


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pru·ri·ent

 (pro͝or′ē-ənt)
adj.
1.
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.
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pruriency

(ˈprʊərɪənsɪ)
n
a less common variant of prurience
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prurience, pruriency

an inclination toward lewdness or lustfulness; lustful behavior. — prurient, adj.
See also: Sex
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pruriency - feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness
amativeness, sexiness, amorousness, erotism - the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
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pruriency

noun
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