necrophilia

noun
nec·ro·phil·ia | \ˌne-krə-ˈfi-lē-ə \

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 \ adjective or noun
necrophilic \ˌne-krə-ˈfi-lik \ adjective

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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, PEOPLE.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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

New Latin

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The first known use of necrophilia was in 1892

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necrophilia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of necrophilia

: sexual feelings or activities that involve dead bodies

necrophilia

noun
nec·ro·phil·ia | \ˌnek-rə-ˈfil-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of necrophilia 

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

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