• WordNet 3.6
    • n prurience feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prurience The quality or state of being prurient. "The pruriency of curious ears.""There is a prurience in the speech of some."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prurience Same as pruriency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prurience prōō′ri-ens state of being prurient: eager desire—also Pru′riency
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pruriens, pr.p. of prurīre, to itch.


In literature:

By its suggestion of horror it provoked that hunger for details which, in its acute stage, becomes pruriency.
"The Hunted Outlaw" by Anonymous
The prurience and prudery which have poisoned sexual life in the past are alike rendered impossible.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
It has nothing to recommend it to the pruriency of curious ears.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Isolation is more likely to breed pruriency than commingling to provoke indulgence.
"Sex in Education" by Edward H. Clarke
What a humbug is this sensualist, who masks his pruriency back of poetic and philosophical symbols.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
A true situation, depicted boldly and frankly but without pruriency.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
And he is safeguarded against a certain pruriency that comes from wrongly stimulated and vilely fed curiosity.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
They turn faith into pietism, sanctity into morality, and righteousness into a reeking prurience.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
It has nothing to recommend it to the pruriency of curious ears.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
We would still follow our Scribe here, were it not that his pruriency often reaches the edge.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani

In news:

The early Cannibal Corpse catalog—songs like "Bloody Chunks" and "Skull Full of Maggots"—throbs with the same juvenile prurience that animates Evil Dead II and classic EC Comics.