paraphilia

noun
para·​phil·​ia | \ ˌper-ə-ˈfi-lē-ə How to pronounce paraphilia (audio) , 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)

Other Words from paraphilia

paraphiliac \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈfi-​lē-​ˌak How to pronounce paraphilia (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ or paraphilic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈfi-​lik How to pronounce paraphilia (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of paraphilia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those with paraphilia, the burglary is a cover story. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, 22 June 2019 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, 24 Apr. 2018 More commonly discussed types of paraphilia are things like pedophilia, zoophilia, and objectophilia. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, 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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“Paraphilia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paraphilia. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for paraphilia

paraphilia

noun
para·​phil·​ia | \ -ˈfil-ē-ə How to pronounce paraphilia (audio) \

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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