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

Other Words from necrophilia

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

Examples of necrophilia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The comedy touched third rails — the Holocaust, pedophilia, necrophilia, terrorist acts, to name a few — that shocked the audience but never felt cheap. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, 23 Feb. 2020 The focus on Jackson’s claims of necrophilia are one of two main issues that jurors will consider as early as next week. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 19 Sep. 2019 Beyond killing his victims, Kemper was known for necrophilia and dismembering their bodies. Michele Corriston,, 19 Aug. 2019 Alice traffics in spiders, poison, necrophilia, dystopian heebie-jeebies, hellfire, madness — the full spectrum of bad vibes. John Adamian,, 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, 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, 10 May 2018 When he was finally arrested, the extent of his horrific crimes — including cannibalism and necrophilia — shocked the American public. Steve Helling,, 3 Nov. 2017 In the Vanderbilt football case, that was almost like necrophilia. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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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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