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prurient

unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
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5) It probably promotes continence by diminishing the pruriency of the sexual appetite.
Blackwood's "Z" (John Gibson Lockhart) called Keats "a boy of pretty abilities"; (8) in 1826 the journal referred to his "emasculated pruriency.
He displays an assured grasp of the politics of Hanoverian England, and refreshingly discusses sex without prudishness or pruriency (albeit, inevitably, from the viewpoint of an early 1970s England just freed from sexual censorship)--and also without the theoretical strainings so evident in much postmodernist criticism.