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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pruri·ence, pruri·en·cy n.
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