voy·​eur·​is·​tic | \ ˌvwä-(ˌ)yər-ˈi-stik How to pronounce voyeuristic (audio) , ˌvȯi-ər-\

Definition of voyeuristic

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a voyeur voyeuristic drives … confronting her beauty gave him a bad conscience and made him feel shamefully voyeuristic— Phillip Roth : relating to or derived from voyeurism voyeuristic pleasure Through the video surveillance system, Polly engages in voyeuristic eavesdropping.— Judith Mayne … to demonstrate that the voyeuristic thrill of watching a stripper ceases at the moment of nakedness.— Mark Morris

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voyeuristically \ ˌvwä-​(ˌ)yər-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce voyeuristically (audio) , ˌvȯi-​ər-​ \ adverb
In that film, the cameras voyeuristically followed actor Richard Gere as he worked out and dressed up. The Wall Street Journal

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In a story about the trend, Vogue’s Steff Yotka said tiny frames were simply voyeuristic: Instead of hiding their faces from the camera, now celebrities (and Instagram stars) were putting themselves in front of it. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest—And Most Curious—Instagram Trends of Summer 2018," 3 Aug. 2018 With Delusion: Lies Within, Braver blocks and shoots his scenes to provide the same kind of point of view that the audience would have in one of his theatrical productions, and the voyeuristic feel grounds the entire experience. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Delusion: Lies Within mixes movies and immersive theater to create a creepy, campy VR adventure," 20 July 2018 Beiber and Baldwin are both very famous people, and seeing them enjoying such a private moment together feels oddly voyeuristic. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Are Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande Trying To One-Up Each Other On PDA?," 14 July 2018 Moreover, Mormons have long been an object of suspicion and curiosity in non-Mormon America, and the women’s religious devotion added another level of voyeuristic appeal. Lydia Kiesling, The Cut, "The Evolution of a Mormon Mommy Blogger," 27 June 2018 In a sense, Harvey is intellectualizing and articulating the voyeuristic male gaze that Candy grasps intuitively, having catered to it her entire working life. Joy Press, HWD, "How The Deuce Turned Its Lens on a Female Porn Auteur," 20 June 2018 Delving into one of Cusk’s novels has the voyeuristic appeal of eavesdropping on a stranger’s therapy session. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Rachel Cusk on Motherhood, Marriage and the Lived Truths Behind Kudos," 22 May 2018 These ones just happen to be more uplifting (and a bit less voyeuristic) than those in Criminal. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Best Podcasts of 2018 So Far," 5 June 2018 Rather than having both audiences and Truman realize at the same time his life is a TV show, De Palma’s version would have been more voyeuristic, with audiences peeking behind the curtain from minute one. Julie Miller, HWD, "Twenty Years Later, Everything Is The Truman Show," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of voyeuristic

1919, in the meaning defined above

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voy·​eur·​is·​tic | \ ˌvwä-(ˌ)yər-ˈis-tik How to pronounce voyeuristic (audio) , ˌvȯi-ər- How to pronounce voyeuristic (audio) \

Medical Definition of voyeuristic

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a voyeur voyeuristic drives

Other Words from voyeuristic

voyeuristically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce voyeuristically (audio) \ adverb

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