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

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

Other Words from voyeuristic

voyeuristically \ ˌvwä-​(ˌ)yər-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce voyeuristic (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 All these works are, at their very worst, aloofly voyeuristic, implicating not just their creators but also their viewers in a kind of theatre of humiliation, specifically vis-à-vis the weirder, more colorful areas of contemporary American culture. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 Skelton, the Towson researcher, said that the openness of TikTok creates a more voyeuristic dynamic than that of organically grown, closed Facebook groups for breastfeeding content — which can serve as helpful peer-to-peer support networks. Alexandra S. Levine, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Peeping on these acts of misplaced affection might seem weird, even voyeuristic. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 These shows have always been voyeuristic about the other half. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 For the casual shopper, these sites are a fun jaunt into the market, a voyeuristic way to spend an afternoon. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Spurious legend has it that a voyeuristic innkeeper in Bologna was peeking through a keyhole to spy on Venus, Mars and Bacchus in the middle of a hot and heavy threesome. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Still, watching the Oliver and Alwyn pairing—open, vulnerable, passionately in love—can feel surreal, even voyeuristic. ELLE, 19 Apr. 2022 There's a voyeuristic quality to watching not only Anna dig herself into a financial hole but her friends too. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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 voyeuristic (audio) \ adverb


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