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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.


a less common variant of prurience

prurience, pruriency

an inclination toward lewdness or lustfulness; lustful behavior. — prurient, adj.
See also: Sex
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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Sir Blaise opines that sexual prejudice / And marriage-law dissolved would amount to A general concubinage expressed / In a universal pruriency" (5.724-527).
In an age where any type of pruriency is just a few clicks away, certainly there is room for an exhibition of photographers who aspire to make it into art.
Of the mulatto girl who relieved us of our first bicho-de-pe, of a pruriency that was so enjoyable.