• WordNet 3.6
    • adv pruriently in a prurient manner
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pruriently In a prurient manner; with a longing or lascivious desire.
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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.”


In literature:

What a world of prurient corruption lies visible in that super-sublime of modesty!
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Are they so prurient-minded?
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
The "management" secured its profit from a different and more prurient source.
"The Satyricon, Volume 6 (Editor's Notes)" by Petronius Arbiter
The "management" secured its profit from a different and more prurient source.
"The Satyricon, Complete" by Petronius Arbiter
Out with your scissors, censor, and clip off the prurient paragraph!
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Another fingered his spear with a prurient hand.
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
He shrugged his shoulders as he answered: 'But these Westerns have such prurient minds!
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Through four years he never saw the boy naked or touched him pruriently.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Even from the religious point of view, prurient prudery is not justifiable.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Chatterton was born in Bristol, on the Avon, in 1752, of poor parents, but early gave signs of remarkable genius, combined with a prurient ambition.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee

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.