Share this entry

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

Definition of paraphilia in English:


[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.



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.


Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈfɪlɪk/
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).

Definition of paraphilia in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources