exhibitionism

noun ex·hi·bi·tion·ism \ ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shə-ˌni-zəm \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of exhibitionism

1 a :a perversion in which sexual gratification is obtained from the indecent exposure of one's genitals (as to a stranger)
b :an act of such exposure
2 :the act or practice of behaving so as to attract attention to oneself

exhibitionist

play \ˌek-sə-ˈbish-nist, -ˈbi-shə-\ noun or adjective

exhibitionistic

play \ˌek-sə-ˌbi-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

exhibitionistically

play \ˌek-sə-ˌbi-shə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of exhibitionism

1891


EXHIBITIONISM Defined for English Language Learners

exhibitionism

noun

Definition of exhibitionism for English Language Learners

  • : behavior that is meant to attract attention to yourself


Medical Dictionary

exhibitionism

noun ex·hi·bi·tion·ism \ ˌek-sə-ˈbish-ə-niz-əm \

medical Definition of exhibitionism

1 a :a perversion marked by a tendency to indecent exposure
b :an act of such exposure
2 :the act or practice of behaving so as to attract attention to oneself

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