pru|ri|ent [ˈpruəriənt US ˈprur-] adj formal
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of prurire 'to itch, have desire']
having or showing too much interest in sex - used to show disapproval
prurient interests
>pruriently adv
>prurience n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • prurient — pru·ri·ent / pru̇r ē ənt/ adj: marked by or arousing an unwholesome sexual interest or desire pru·ri·ent·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. prurient …   Law dictionary

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  • prurient — 1630s, itching, later having an itching desire (1650s), especially lascivious, lewd, (1746), from L. prurientem (nom. pruriens), prp. of prurire to itch, long for, be wanton, perhaps related to pruna glowing coals …   Etymology dictionary

  • prurient — [adj] lascivious bawdy, carnal, crude, desirous, erotic, fleshly, horny, hot*, lecherous, lewd, libertine, libidinous, licentious, lustful, obscene, offensive, orgiastic, pornographic, raunchy*, salacious, sensual, sexual, smutty*, suggestive,… …   New thesaurus

  • prurient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters. DERIVATIVES prurience noun pruriency noun pruriently adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «having a craving»: from Latin prurire itch, long, be wanton …   English terms dictionary

  • prurient — [proor′ē ənt] adj. [L pruriens < prurire, to itch, long for, be lecherous < IE base * preus , to burn, FREEZE > L pruna, live coal] 1. having or expressing lustful ideas or desires 2. tending to excite lust; lascivious; lewd 3. Rare… …   English World dictionary

  • Prurient — For the word, see wiktionary:prurient. Prurient Prurient in 2007. Background information Birth name Ian …   Wikipedia

  • prurient — [[t]prʊ͟əriənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone as prurient, you mean that they show too much interest in sexual matters. [FORMAL] We read the gossip written about them with prurient interest. Syn: salacious …   English dictionary

  • prurient — adjective Etymology: Latin prurient , pruriens, present participle of prurire to itch, crave; akin to Latin pruna glowing coal, Sanskrit ploṣati he singes, and probably to Latin pruina hoarfrost more at freeze Date: 1592 marked by or arousing an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prurient — prurience, pruriency, n. pruriently, adv. /proor ee euhnt/, adj. 1. having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc. 2. causing lasciviousness or lust. 3. having a restless desire or longing. [1630 40; …   Universalium

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