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scopophilia Line breaks: scopo|philia
Pronunciation: /ˌskɒpə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪə/

Definition of scopophilia in English:


[mass noun]
Sexual pleasure derived chiefly from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity; voyeurism.
Example sentences
  • At one point, before her conversion, Kelly reprimands Stewart for his voyeurism, saying it's ‘like an illness,’ a clear reference to scopophilia, the psychiatric term for peeping toms.
  • Particularly interesting in this context are certain aspects of scopophilia that Freud analyzes through its development in infantile sexuality, a period in which the child is still far from having a stable sense of gender identity.
  • Obsession, Johnson implies, is a poor substitute for love, and scopophilia a thin alternative to sex.


1920s: from Greek skopein 'look at' + -philia.

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