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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.
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Adv.1.pruriently - in a prurient manner
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Quantz imagined him pruriently turning them over in his hands, sniffing at them, secreting them in some secret place, whence he could abstract them at will and charge himself with the same thrill of revulsion.
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As one can imagine from his career as a publisher who took full advantage of lax international copyright laws and who knew better than any other how pruriently to titillate his customers, the contrast between Samuel Roth's literary output and how he chose to behave is more striking than is the case with most writers.
Pruriently or not, but quietly, early scientists spent lots of time watching the wild thang, ostensibly to gather information.