prurient (noun, prurience): itching, longing, or having a desire, in particular a desire that meets with moral disapproval because of the quality of the lasciviousness or lewdness attributed to it.

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Pru"ri*ent (?), a. [L. pruries, -entis, p. pr. of prurire to itch. Cf. Freeze.]

Uneasy with desire; itching; especially, having a lascivious curiosity or propensity; lustful.

-- Pru"ri*ent*ly, adv.

The eye of the vain and prurient is darting from object to object of illicit attraction. I. Taylor.


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