hy·​per·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce hypersexual (audio) , -ˈsek-shəl \

Definition of hypersexual

: exhibiting unusual or excessive concern with or indulgence in sexual activity

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Other Words from hypersexual

hypersexuality \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce hypersexual (audio) \ noun

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typically users of crystal meth report that the powerful stimulant leaves them feeling hypersexual as well as euphoric
Recent Examples on the Web The study highlights recent findings including how infection leads to hypersexual behavior. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "'Zombie cicadas' under the influence of a mind controlling fungus have returned to West Virginia," 3 Aug. 2020 The performances would stereotype black men and women as ignorant, hypersexual, superstitious, lazy people who were prone to thievery and cowardice. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Jojo Siwa defends music video featuring a dancer accused of wearing blackface," 30 June 2020 Most of the victims were accused, often wrongly, of major crimes such as rape or murder, leaning on tropes that blacks were hypersexual and vicious. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "America's legacy of lynching isn't all history. Many say it's still happening today," 3 June 2020 Asian men have historically been portrayed as emasculated, undesirable nerds, and Asian women have been stereotyped as exotic, hypersexual creatures. NBC News, "'Loveboat, Taipei' chronicles nostalgia of debaucherous Taiwainese summer camp," 31 Jan. 2020 Black women, on the other hand, and other women of color, are depicted as difficult to be with, feisty, loud, and hypersexual. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "TV and film play an understated role in perpetuating racial bias on dating apps," 7 Nov. 2019 These displays depicted black people as lazy, ignorant, cowardly or hypersexual. Faith Karimi And Doug Criss, CNN, "Justin Trudeau isn't the only one. Here's a list of politicians who got in trouble over blackface," 20 Sep. 2019 Scientists advised against consuming hypersexual zombie cicadas infected with psychoactive fungus. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 19 Aug. 2019 With the exception of Netflix’s quietly revelatory Dating Around, many dating shows with LGBTQ (and especially bisexual) contestants have treated them as hypersexual or prurient anomalies, as enigmas who are incapable of settling down. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Messy Evolution of LGBTQ Dating Shows," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of hypersexual

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypersexual was in 1915

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“Hypersexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypersexual. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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hy·​per·​sex·​u·​al | \ -ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce hypersexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypersexual

: exhibiting unusual or excessive concern with or indulgence in sexual activity

Other Words from hypersexual

hypersexuality \ -​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwal-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hypersexual (audio) \ noun, plural hypersexualities

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