Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being prurient. An itching or longing after something; an eager desire or appetite.
- n. A tendency toward, or a habit of, lascivious thought; sensuality.
- n. prurience
- n. feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness
“The question is complicated among ourselves because established traditions of rigid concealment have fostered a pruriency which is an offensive insult to naked modesty.”
“For his fame he has to thank just those bestially sensuous pieces which first drew to him the attention of all the pruriency of America.”
“Before a fully conscious work of art, one feels something like the mixture of anxiety, detachment, pruriency, and relief that a physically sound person feels when he glimpses an amputee.”
“They expect incidents, and, finding none, they seek for pruriency.”
“But this aspect was far more marked in neo-Kṛishṇaism, which often tends to intense pruriency, than in the other two cults.”
“The particular plays, though none are free from it, which most abound in this ribald fun -- for fun it always is, never mere pruriency for its own sake, Aristophanes has a deal of the old 'esprit gaulois' about him -- are the 'Peace' and, as might be expected from its theme, lending itself so readily to suggestive allusions and situations, above all the”
“But where man is concerned these facts are so largely made to serve the purposes of pruriency, so exploited to inflame the imagination in an undesirable and directly harmful way that they can be approached only with the utmost caution.”
“By its suggestion of horror it provoked that hunger for details which, in its acute stage, becomes pruriency.”
“There never was an age in which pruriency in any guise could cease to be indecent.”
“The suppression of the sex instinct not infrequently results in a morbid pruriency in matters of sex, a distortion of all other interests and activities by a preoccupation with the frustrated sex motive.”
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