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

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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 An expression of the voyeuristic thrill that comes from watching a celebrity brand get degraded, however briefly, by an uncurated moment of quotidian authenticity? Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 3 June 2021 But this style of voyeuristic photography, spurred on by being homebound and tied to our phones during the pandemic, makes sense right now. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 26 May 2021 In both of those films, Lee plays a voyeuristic onlooker who follows an outlaw played by Chen Chao-jung and watches him have a fleeting love affair with an equally adrift woman. Max Nelson, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2021 The characters have been authentic and relatable, and their relationship affectionate and passionate, without ever falling into the voyeuristic male gaze that lesser shows still seem unable to shake. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Readers of Bailey’s book will encounter a lot of that sort of thing, to an often voyeuristic degree. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2021 The Real Housewives debuted 15 years ago as a voyeuristic trip past the guard booth of the gated Orange County community Coto de Caza. Anna Peele, Vulture, 14 Apr. 2021 Whiteness was the default, and Black stories were thought to be compelling only to Black people themselves, or to white audiences seeking a voyeuristic glimpse into an unknown territory. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 There’s an impulse to recoil immediately at something as sensitive and voyeuristic and potentially exploitative as therapy filmed for television. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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