follow Dictionary.com

Love words? Sign up for our Word of the Day!

necrophilia

[nek-ruh-fil-ee-uh] /ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl i ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
an erotic attraction to corpses.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Neo-Latin; see necro-, -philia
Related forms
necrophile
[nek-ruh-fahyl] /ˈnɛk rəˌfaɪl/ (Show IPA),
noun
necrophiliac
[nek-ruh-fil-ee-ak] /ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl iˌæk/ (Show IPA),
necrophilic, adjective, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for necrophilia

necrophilia

/ˌnɛkrəʊˈfɪlɪə/
noun
1.
sexual attraction for or sexual intercourse with dead bodies Also called necromania, necrophilism
Derived Forms
necrophiliac, necrophile (ˈnɛkrəʊˌfaɪl) noun
necrophilic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for necrophilia
n.

1892, in Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebbing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," from necro- + -philia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
necrophilia in Medicine

necrophilia nec·ro·phil·i·a (něk'rə-fĭl'ē-ə)
n.

  1. An abnormal fondness for being in the presence of dead bodies. Also called necromania.

  2. Sexual contact with or erotic desire for dead bodies.


nec'ro·phil'i·ac' (-ē-āk') adj. & n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for necrophilia

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for necrophilia

18
0
Scrabble Words With Friends