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paraphilia Line breaks: para|philia
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈfɪlɪə/

Definition of paraphilia in English:

noun

[mass noun] Psychiatry
A condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires, typically involving extreme or dangerous activities.
Example sentences
  • A paraphilia is a condition in which a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme.
  • I guess I'm kind of a cat racist, though these comments are more on the level of sexual paraphilia.
  • Pedophilia is the most commonly occurring form of paraphilia with an estimated 20% of American children having been sexually molested.

Derivatives

paraphiliac

1
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈfɪlɪak/
adjective & noun
Example sentences
  • Another study led by Dr Gene Abel investigated the comorbidity rates of various paraphilic behaviors in a group of 859 male paraphiliacs.
  • They point out that level of sex drive is not consistently related to the behavior of paraphiliacs and also high levels of circulating testosterone do not predispose a male to paraphilias.
  • One hypothesis that might account for the existence of slash is simply that the women who write and read this erotic subgenre are, in some yet-to-be-determined way, psychosexually unusual - analogous, for example, to male paraphiliacs.

paraphilic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈfɪlɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Once a paraphilic interest has fully developed, it is almost impossible to ameliorate.
  • Some of the cases in this group also engaged in other paraphilic behaviour (e.g., fetishism masochism, coprophilia).
  • What we do know is that paraphilic development begins early in life (most males develop a paraphilic interest by the age of 17).

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