noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1925 a pattern of recurring sexually arousing mental imagery or behavior that involves unusual and especially socially unacceptable sexual practices (as sadism or pedophilia) • paraphiliac or paraphilic adjective or noun

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  • paraphilia — /par euh fil ee euh/, n. Psychiatry. a type of mental disorder characterized by a preference for or obsession with unusual sexual practices, as pedophilia, sadomasochism, or exhibitionism. Also called sexual deviation. [1920 25; PARA 1 + PHILIA,… …   Universalium

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  • paraphilia — Synonyms and related words: active algolagnia, algolagnia, algolagny, amphierotism, autoeroticism, bisexuality, coprophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, heterosexuality, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, incest, incestuousness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • paraphilia — any abnormal sexual attraction Love and Attraction …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • paraphilia — n. (Psychiatry) psychosexual disorder characterized by unusual sexual desires that involve very dangerous activities, sexual perversion; sexual attraction that is not normal; mental disorder for obsessive unusual sexual practices …   English contemporary dictionary

  • paraphilia — [ˌparə fɪlɪə] noun Psychiatry a condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires involving extreme or dangerous activities. Derivatives paraphiliac adjective &noun …   English new terms dictionary

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