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zoophile Syllabification: zo·o·phile
Pronunciation: /ˈzōəˌfīl/

Definition of zoophile in English:


A person who is sexually attracted to animals.
Example sentences
  • But talking to and observing zoophiles has led her to think of it as a sexual orientation, which is based on what you are sexually attracted to, what you are emotionally attracted to and what you fantasize about.
  • Many seemed to see no more than the fact that it mentioned sex with animals, and that fact was enough to send them into hysterical abuse, including accusations that I myself was a ‘zoophile.’
  • The column I wrote on zoophiles certainly put a new spin on the term ‘animal lust.’


Pronunciation: /ˌzōəˈfilēə/
Example sentences
  • On 13 August 1998, Applicant described his zoophilia to a special agent of the Defense Security Service.
  • Knowing full well that zoophilia is frowned on in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian's scientists finally talked.
  • Zoos make a distinction between bestiality and zoophilia, believing the former to involve less emotional attachment.


Late 19th century (originally in the botanical sense 'a plant pollinated by animals'): from zoo + -phile. The current senses date from the early 20th century.

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