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  • I don’t watch news on that channel. There are too many prurient stories treated as newsworthy.
  • prurient literature
  • prurient thoughts
  • The big male seemed a trifle bored; but the female’s gaze was fixed on me with what I took to be an expression of unabashed and even prurient curiosity.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • Supercharged with a prurient residue—overflow, I imagine, of my Leslie daydreams—I had a sudden impulse to creep up behind Sophie and nuzzle her neck while filling my hands with her breasts.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • That was just prurient curiosity.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • And the rest of them leaning forward in their chairs, My dear, all horror and prurience.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • There is no folly so besotted that the idiotic rivalries of society, the prurience, the rashness, the blindness of youth, will not hurry a man to its commission.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I’m curious, not to say prurient.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Beyond that, Burgess is interested in depravity, not prurience.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • Yossarian was madly in love with all of them as he made his way back to the officers’ apartment, in love with Luciana, with the prurient intoxicated girl in the unbuttoned satin blouse, and with the beautiful rich countess and her beautiful rich daughter-in-law, both of whom would never let him touch them or even flirt with them.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This again would have no significance and would be unworthy of note except for one thing: I have talked with such men many times as a white and they never show the glow of prurience he revealed.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It might be considered prurient to ask for more details.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • And what if, together with this, he had his inner and personal growths of vice, passion, even prurience, unbecoming obscenity?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I appealed to prurient journalistic sensationalism, and-although it damn near killed him-got Walther Apfel to corroborate halfway.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She was overweight and sweated profusely in the tent, which itself had become a greenhouse of prurient fantasy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Donors, she found, always had a prurient interest in what could go wrong with the human body, and the photographs and illustrations (by Sister Mary Joseph Praise) in the book satisfied that desire.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • They watched as a rousing tale of love and murder in the court of an Oriental potentate unrolled silently before them; scene after opulent scene sped past, full of naked bodies, despotic lust, and abject servility blind in its zeal, full of cruelty, prurience, and fatal desire—and then suddenly the film slowed to linger revealingly on the muscular arm of an executioner.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …ordinarily healthy woman (and almost all our women are both healthy and at least comely), respected as a child-bearer and rearer of children, desired as a woman, loved as a companion, unanxious for the future of her children, has far more instinct for maternity than the poor drudge and mother of drudges of past days could ever have had; or than her sister of the upper classes, brought up in affected ignorance of natural facts, reared in an atmosphere of mingled prudery and prurience.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Tereza’s desire to be emancipated and insist on her rightslike the right to lock herself in the bathroomwas more objectionable to Tereza’s mother than the possibility of her husband’s taking a prurient interest in Tereza.) Once her mother decided to go naked in the winter when the lights were on.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "No way I’m going to satisfy your prurient urges by interspace transmission, Roarke.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • " Behind the rapes and other abuse heaped on women in much of the world, it’s hard not to see something more sinister than just libido and prurient opportunism.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • …touch? quivering me to a new identity, Flames and ether making a rush for my veins, Treacherous tip of me reaching and crowding to help them, My flesh and blood playing out lightning to strike what is hardly different from myself, On all sides prurient provokers stiffening my limbs, Straining the udder of my heart for its withheld drip, Behaving licentious toward me, taking no denial, Depriving me of my best as for a purpose, Unbuttoning my clothes, holding me by the bare waist,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Well, let me assure you that English professors are not innately prurient.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I’m sure Hema believed that a prurient interest in a woman’s anatomy took me to that page in the textbook.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • There was nothing prurient about his interest in the Version Clinic or in obstetrics and gynecology.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • ’Oh, how I wish I could,’ sighed Yossarian honestly, imagining, at the mere question, the prurient, used, decaying feel in his petting hands of their teeny, pulpy buttocks and breasts.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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