voyeuristic

adjective
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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Other Words from voyeuristic

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

Examples of voyeuristic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The audio feels intensely personal, almost voyeuristic, despite the fact it was leaked and subsequently shared by Taylor herself. Briana Younger, EW.com, "On The Album, Teyana Taylor reframes marriage and motherhood," 19 June 2020 The platform’s layout is always the same: A featured musician performs a set underneath a carousel of small windows with voyeuristic views into people dancing or lounging in their homes. Michelle Lhooq, Fortune, "People are paying real money to get into virtual Zoom nightclubs," 14 Apr. 2020 The platform’s layout is always the same: A featured musician performs a set underneath a carousel of small windows with voyeuristic views into people dancing or lounging in their homes. Michelle Lhooq, Fortune, "People are paying real money to get into virtual Zoom nightclubs," 14 Apr. 2020 The platform’s layout is always the same: A featured musician performs a set underneath a carousel of small windows with voyeuristic views into people dancing or lounging in their homes. Michelle Lhooq, Bloomberg.com, "People Are Paying Real Money to Get Into Virtual Zoom Nightclubs," 9 Apr. 2020 Still, the power of the show flows just as much through its imagery—a decadent, unashamedly voyeuristic vision of athletic beauty, with a hallucinogenic verve that keeps it from becoming cheesy. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "Uncertain Attraction in “Work in Progress” and “Dare Me”," 16 Dec. 2019 His speakers are vague and voyeuristic, incapable of fixing their coordinates in space and time. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "Private Parts of Speech," 10 Mar. 2020 Depending on the players and the model, engaging in it can be voyeuristic, exploitative, and downright harmful. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "I Had to Go to Nicaragua to Realize I Can't Outrun My Depression," 6 Feb. 2020 And, at first glance, the voyeuristic interest offered by the living drama of the messages between Lowell and Hardwick almost outweighs their nature as letters. Helen Vendler, Harper's magazine, "Dearest Lizzie," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of voyeuristic

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Voyeuristic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voyeuristic. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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voyeuristic

adjective
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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