Definition of prurient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprʊəriənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprʊriənt//
(formal, disapproving)
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having or showing too much interest in things connected with sex a prurient interest in the details of a rape case Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘having a mental itching’): from Latin prurient- ‘itching, longing’ and ‘being wanton’, from the verb prurire.
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