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  • n. The quality of being prurient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being prurient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pruriency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness


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  • As we might expect, prurience is to the fore; the report is quite graphic in its descriptions, so please exercise caution because it may be triggering

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  • Fox News Porn is a collection of raunchy outtakes from the Fox "News" Network, where hypocritical prigs like Bill O'Reilly revel in prurience while condemning it.

    Boing Boing

  • David Aaronovitch: Our prurience is a disgrace, not the porn films

    Comment Central - Times Online - WBLG:

  • Besides this being a showing up of the critics' own prurience which is really just an ingrown Puritanism it's also a display of their literal-mindedness.

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  • But it often leads to a kind of prurience as unpleasant as the obsession with sex of those who have never had sexual experience.

    A Part of Our Time

  • Though it may seem far-fetched this sunny Saturday morning, future historians could judge that the wives and girlfriends, so long the objects of prurience and mockery, were indirectly the catalyst of a significant realignment.

    Superinjunctions: The rich man's gag | Editorial

  • The expression on Rajbir's face, what Amrita can see through his beard, is one of gleeful prurience—Rajbir knows that after the number these women are his to do with as he pleases—Rajbir pleases much—he elongates the O in snOwing and blOwing to an uncomfortable degree and Amrita shivers in the dusty snow.

    FISH/SEX excerpt (Pradesh)

  • And so by making these assertions, they drag in the cold specters of prurience and judgment and demand that we view these unarguably beautiful things – playful joy being derived from an act of nurture, the determination of two hearts to be joined in committed love – through a chilly hateful fog.

    Humanity I Love You | Her Bad Mother

  • It was indeed "tabloid gold" designed to appeal to prurience, and it did entail a significant intrusion on the claimant's private life.

    Sunday Mirror eludes Ferdinand offside trap, but it's no reprieve for 'kiss and tell' | Andrew Scott

  • A decade ago, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, two grandees of American journalism, warned of a crisis: The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal had revealed a news media publishing at "warp speed," discarding probity for prurience and embracing a non-stop news cycle of aggression, allegation and assertion where once facts were checked and sources confirmed before ministering scandal to the public.

    Time For A Slow-Word Movement


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