Prurience Pru"ri*ence, Pruriency Pru"ri*en*cy, n. The quality or state of being prurient. [1913 Webster]

The pruriency of curious ears. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

There is a prurience in the speech of some. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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