prurient interest

prurient interest
An excessive interest in sex, nudity, wanton behavior, lasciviousness, etc.

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  • prurient interest — A shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sex, or excretion. Brockett v. Spokane Arcades, Inc., 472 U.S. 491, 498, 105 S.Ct. 2794, 2799, 86 L.Ed.2d 394. Model Penal Code No. 251.4(1). An obsessive interest in immoral and lascivious matters. An… …   Black's law dictionary

  • prurient — [[t]prʊ͟əriənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone as prurient, you mean that they show too much interest in sexual matters. [FORMAL] We read the gossip written about them with prurient interest. Syn: salacious …   English dictionary

  • interest — Synonyms and related words: absolute interest, absorb, absorption, accent, accrued dividends, accumulated dividends, acquisitiveness, activities, activity, advantage, advocacy, aegis, affair, affairs, affect, affect the interest, agacerie,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • prurient — pru·ri·ent / pru̇r ē ənt/ adj: marked by or arousing an unwholesome sexual interest or desire pru·ri·ent·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. prurient …   Law dictionary

  • prurient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters. DERIVATIVES prurience noun pruriency noun pruriently adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «having a craving»: from Latin prurire itch, long, be wanton …   English terms dictionary

  • prurient — adjective Etymology: Latin prurient , pruriens, present participle of prurire to itch, crave; akin to Latin pruna glowing coal, Sanskrit ploṣati he singes, and probably to Latin pruina hoarfrost more at freeze Date: 1592 marked by or arousing an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prurient — pru|ri|ent [ˈpruəriənt US ˈprur ] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of prurire to itch, have desire ] having or showing too much interest in sex used to show disapproval ▪ prurient interests >pruriently adv… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prurient — [ prʊərɪənt] adjective having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters. Derivatives prurience noun pruriency noun pruriently adverb Origin C16 (in the sense having a craving ): from L. prurient , prurire itch, long, be wanton …   English new terms dictionary

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