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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 20th October 2017
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prurient (adjective) PROO-ri-ent



Having or intended to arouse an unhealthy interest in sexual matters.

'She's been having trouble with her periods, if you must know,' she says, imputing a prurient inquisitiveness to Vic, although she is well aware that such gynaecological disclosures are the last thing he wants, especially at this hour of the morning.

David Lodge, Nice Work. Amazon

In common-room at lunch King discoursed acridly to Prout of boys with prurient minds, who perverted their few and baleful talents to sap discipline and corrupt their equals, to deal in foul imagery and destroy reverence.

Rudyard Kipling, Stalky & Co. Amazon

The whole picture, indeed, is more likely to gratify the emotionally prurient than to appease lovers of Beethoven and Elgar; that is certainly the effect of Watson’s strains and strivings, and you feel grateful whenever Griffiths and Morrissey (both excellent) manage to calm her down.

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 25 January 1999. The New Yorker


Last month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers rejected a proposal to create a .xxx domain, keeping lovers of Internet pornography in a virtual Stone Age when it comes to quickly locating prurient material.

Jeff Johnson, The New York Times, 5 June 2006. New York Times




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