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  1. Uneasy with desire; itching; especially, having a lascivious anxiety or propensity; lustful.
  2. Lascivious, lecherous, exciting lechery.
  3. In United States legal application, sick, morbid or shameless.
Allegory of Chastity (1475) by Hans Memling
Allegory of Chastity (1475) by Hans Memling

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The word is derived from the Latin word prūriēns, which means to itch. In its most general contemporary sense it denotes an excessive interest in sexual desire.

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