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prurient

unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
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Strongly attracted to Zenobia, down to the point of pruriently ogling her, Coverdale enlarges on how delightful it is to meet a woman who is truly a woman--"not," he says, "that I would convey the idea of especial gentleness, grace, modesty, and shyness [the marks of the socialized "inlaw" feminine], but of a certain warm and rich characteristic, which seems, for the most part, to have been refined away out of the feminine system" (3:17).
His full lips hold still underneath a gaze that's pruriently curious, and a tattooed sun circumscribes his navel.
That's just the way the political game is played these days, and the fact that the media obviously have a pecuniary interest in playing it that way, in attracting the eyes and ears of a pruriently inclined public by publishing as much private or confidential information as possible, is never mentioned as being of the slightest relevance.
In short, whether because the historical Heloise was too morally upright to have written so pruriently, or too intellectually inferior to have written with such learning, for these readers Heloise's letters seem inauthentic because they clash with an independently formed vision of Heloise herself.
Historians recall, pruriently and perhaps correctly, the Queen's sense of morality and class as barriers to any intimate relationship.
But while literate Europeans avidly and often pruriently read of exotic peoples in the Mid-East, Asia, and Africa, they had no conception of race.
All of which is pruriently pleasant enough to watch before everything devolves into carnage.