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

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, "Comedian Louis C.K. talked about 'it' on a Phoenix stage. But mostly he did his comedy," 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, "‘I never thought I’d be aroused by a deceased or comatose individual’: Antioch man admits to sex assault, not murder," 19 Sep. 2019 Beyond killing his victims, Kemper was known for necrophilia and dismembering their bodies. Michele Corriston,, "Everything to Know About the Real Serial Killers of Mindhunter Season 2," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Necrophilia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of necrophilia

: sexual feelings or activities that involve dead bodies


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Medical Definition of necrophilia

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

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