nec·​ro·​phil·​ia | \ ˌne-krə-ˈfi-lē-ə How to pronounce necrophilia (audio) \

Definition of necrophilia

: obsession with and usually erotic interest in or stimulation by corpses

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Other Words from necrophilia

necrophiliac \ ˌne-​krə-​ˈfi-​lē-​ˌak How to pronounce necrophiliac (audio) \ adjective or noun
necrophilic \ ˌne-​krə-​ˈfi-​lik How to pronounce necrophilic (audio) \ adjective

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Alice traffics in spiders, poison, necrophilia, dystopian heebie-jeebies, hellfire, madness — the full spectrum of bad vibes. John Adamian,, "Shock-rock original Alice Cooper to play Foxwoods," 28 June 2019 They were also credited with developing the macabre hip-hop style known as horrorcore, in songs centered on grim stories of murder, dismemberment, necrophilia and rape. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Bushwick Bill, grim rapper of hip-hop’s Geto Boys, dies at 52," 10 June 2019 Wallace Muhammed, 48, was found guilty of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, necrophilia, burglary and tampering with evidence, Fulton County District Attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Man strangled woman, had sex with her corpse, set her body on fire," 10 May 2018 When he was finally arrested, the extent of his horrific crimes — including cannibalism and necrophilia — shocked the American public. Steve Helling,, "Jeffrey Dahmer Victim’s Family Member Speaks Decades After Reign of Terror: ‘The Pain Never Goes Away’," 3 Nov. 2017 In the Vanderbilt football case, that was almost like necrophilia. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The Murkiness of Sexual Consent on College Campuses," 15 Sep. 2017 Capped with a slow-motion shrug and a widening of the eyes, Philips can make an unexpected punchline about necrophilia seem downright cheerful. Zach Freeman,, "At Zanies, a still hysterical Emo Philips shows why he's Emo Philips," 17 Aug. 2017 This act of brand necrophilia coincides with the release from jail of Stefan Ericksson, who was behind the whole thing in the first place. Rob Beschizza, WIRED, "Gizmondo Not Rising From Its Grave," 23 Jan. 2008 Dahmer was convicted of murdering 16 men and boys between 1978 and 1991; his notoriety in the serial-killer canon stems from the grizzly, gruesome nature of his crimes and the evidence of cannibalism and necrophilia discovered upon his arrest. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "From Disney to Dahmer: R5 back on road as frontman Ross Lynch sheds his mouse ears," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of necrophilia

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for necrophilia

borrowed from German & French; borrowed from German Nekrophilie, borrowed from French nécrophilie, from nécro- necro- + -philie -philia

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The first known use of necrophilia was in 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of necrophilia

: sexual feelings or activities that involve dead bodies


nec·​ro·​phil·​ia | \ ˌnek-rə-ˈfil-ē-ə How to pronounce necrophilia (audio) \

Medical Definition of necrophilia

: obsession with and usually erotic interest in or stimulation by corpses

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