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Definition excessive or unhealthy interest in sexual matters; or intended to create such an interest
  • I don't watch news on that channel. There are too many prurient stories treated as newsworthy.
  • prurient literature
  • prurient thoughts
  • I'm curious, not to say prurient.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • And the rest of them leaning forward in their chairs, My dear, all horror and prurience.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • "No way I'm going to satisfy your prurient urges by interspace transmission, Roarke.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Beyond that, Burgess is interested in depravity, not prurience.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • That was just prurient curiosity.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • 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
  • 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
  • It might be considered prurient to ask for more details.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • 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
  • 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
  • " 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • 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

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