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prurient

unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
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An "objective" looking whose objectivity is coextensive with its prurience is one of the two major poles in Warhol's cinema aesthetics, the other, linked to dialogue, being the "camp," the ironic, the urbane.
Harbottle & Lewis said there was no legal justification to publish and "the only possible reason is one of prurience and nothing more".
Such is his success in abandoning sound judgment--not, like Macbeth, out of kingly "ambition" (22) but in an effort to recapture his sexual identity and prowess, and within the full spectrum of contemporary prurience.
My only other cavil with this treasurable volume is that there is just too much detail about Lennox Berkeley's gay relationships; I hesitate to say there is prurience here, as the references add to our knowledge of this rewarding, unassuming but brilliant composer, but I do wish Scotland had soft-pedalled a bit.
At the same time, there's an innocence to House of Holes, which is (if such a thing is possible) a dirty book without prurience, intended less to titillate than to amuse.
The content of much popular history in all of the media suggests that commissioning editors believe that much of our interest in the lives of others emerges from an inflamed nudge nudge, wink wink prurience rather than a wider intellectual curiosity; a phallus-free programme about Pompeii or a feature about Victorian London without prostitutes are apparently assumed to be unattractive.
The culture of the UK as a whole has been reeking pungently of late--its venal, voyeuristic, reality-show-obsessed, me-me-me nature thrust under the magnifying glass by revelations about what the tabloid press would do to satisfy the prurience of its readers, hacking into phones at any price, even the phone of a 13-year-old murdered girl.
Yet I am also distinctly uneasy at the recent turn events have taken: journalism, beset by allegations of criminality and increasingly obsessed by prurience and trivia, is at one of its periodic low ebbs.
And where prurience meets public interest, I suspect, entertainment will always cross over.
The bloodthirsty prurience of entertainment-hungry masses detached from the nameless people whose torments they observe seems to become inferentially an attribute of Nothcomb's own audience.
Given that many of these martyrs were reputedly children (though Saint Catherine would have been 23 if her life dates are viable), perhaps this is a deliberate decision to eschew any notion of prurience and also a concession required to achieve consistence in the modelling.
But the reality is a combination of political naivety, journalistic prurience and a small helping of coincidence" Former Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire Lembit Opik, on the current rash of parliamentary scandals "Of course, we have all got to hope that it works, but it's taking a hell of a gamble" Former Chancellor Alistair Darling on the Budget