• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prurient characterized by lust "eluding the lubricious embraces of her employer","her sensuous grace roused his lustful nature","prurient literature","prurient thoughts","a salacious rooster of a little man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Prurient Uneasy with desire; itching; especially, having a lascivious curiosity or propensity; lustful. "The eye of the vain and prurient is darting from object to object of illicit attraction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prurient Itching; having an eager desire or longing for something.
    • prurient Inclined to lascivious thought; of an unclean habit of mind; sensual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prurient itching or uneasy with desire: given to unclean thoughts
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  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Nothing is more repulsive than a furtively prurient spirituality; it is just as unsavory as gross sensuality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pruries, -entis, p. pr. of prurire, to itch. Cf. Freeze
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pruriens, pr.p. of prurīre, to itch.


In literature:

Simple prurient snooping is by far the most common activity.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
A poor morbid prurient empty man; fitter for the ward of a hospital, than for a throne among men.
"Heroes and Hero Worship" by Thomas Carlyle
Prurient influenza of Platform Benevolence, and "Paradise to All-and-sundry," will come.
"Latter-Day Pamphlets" by Thomas Carlyle
Elaine, lying helpless in her close-curtained room at the nursing home in Wiesbaden, would be fouled with the imaginings of the prurient.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
Here are no incitements to passion, no prurient suggestions of sensual delights.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
No prurient speculation about sexual matters would enter their heads.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
A poor morbid prurient empty man; fitter for the ward of a hospital, than for a throne among men.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
A poor morbid prurient empty man; fitter for the ward of a hospital than for a throne among men.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
They are prurient and obscene.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
A contagious prurient eruption.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin

In poetry:

'Twas pursued by the frivolous rabble,
With poisonous lips and eyes;
They drenched it with prurient babble,
And fed it with fulsome lies.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
"In filthy sloughs they roll a prurient skin,
They graze and wallow, breed and sleep;
And oft some brainless devil enters in,
And drives them to the deep."
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
How long perverted, had the Comic scene,
(The flattering reflex of a sensual age)
Shown prurient Folly's rank licentious mien,
Refined, embellish'd on the pander stage:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
W's Wagner, who sang and played lots,
For Washington, Wesley and good Dr. Watts;
His prurient plots pained Wesley and Watts,
But Washington said he "enjoyed them in spots."
"Alphabet Of Celebrities" by Oliver Herford
Yet when her eyes gaze into mine, and when
Her lips to mine are pressed,--
Why are my veins all fire then? and then
Why should her soul suggest
Voluptuous perfumes, maddening unto men,
And prurient with unrest?
"Snow And Fire" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

In this "Jersey Shore" culture, it's perhaps inevitable that candidates would try to reach voters by chatting about the banal and the prurient.
Critiquing Prurient Sexuality, or Disingenuously Peddling a Soft-Porn Aesthetic.
The Prurient Prude Tidal Wave.
Prurient Have Mercy And Forgive Me A Sinner.
Roach's talk, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasm ," is wonky, hilarious, and prurient in equal measure.
Hanging out with dom aka prurient aka hospital productions new stuff new stuff.
Real Flesh, Not Perfect Or Prurient .
Critiquing Prurient Sexuality, or Disingenuously Peddling a Soft-Porn Aesthetic .
I had a prurient interest in smut from a very early age.
Flaherty corsano yeh do you have any prurient releases.
He is prurient and prudish, powerful and paranoid, an icon of the right who seems obsessed with making Hillary Clinton our next president.
Prurient hood ornaments, cannabis (electrical) consumption, 9-speed gearboxes.
"Confessions of " always arouses the prurient instincts of the public.