paraphilia

noun
para·​phil·​ia | \ˌper-ə-ˈfi-lē-ə, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of paraphilia 

: a pattern of recurring sexually arousing mental imagery or behavior that involves unusual and especially socially unacceptable sexual practices (such as sadism or pedophilia)

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Other Words from paraphilia

paraphiliac \ˌper-​ə-​ˈfi-​lē-​ˌak, ˌpa-​rə-​ \ or paraphilic \ˌper-​ə-​ˈfi-​lik, ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective or noun

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It's estimated that roughly one third of the population experiments with some form of paraphilia at least once in their lives, with 17 percent regularly engaging in their kinks. Andrew Paul, GQ, "What Golden Shower Practitioners Think About a Certain Rumored Pee Tape," 24 Apr. 2018 More commonly discussed types of paraphilia are things like pedophilia, zoophilia, and objectophilia. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "3 Experts Explain Why Some People Are Attracted to Serial Killers," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of paraphilia

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paraphilia

New Latin

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The first known use of paraphilia was in 1925

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paraphilia

noun
para·​phil·​ia | \-ˈfil-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of paraphilia 

: a pattern of recurring sexually arousing mental imagery or behavior that involves unusual and especially socially unacceptable sexual practices (as sadism, masochism, fetishism, or pedophilia)

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