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[ek-suh-bish-uh-niz-uh m] /ˌɛk səˈbɪʃ əˌnɪz əm/
a tendency to display one's abilities or to behave in such a way as to attract attention.
Psychiatry. a disorder characterized especially by a compulsion to exhibit the genitals in public.
1890-95; exhibition + -ism
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nonexhibitionism, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exhibitionism


a compulsive desire to attract attention to oneself, esp by absurd or exaggerated behaviour or boasting
(psychiatry) a compulsive desire to expose one's genital organs publicly
Derived Forms
exhibitionist, noun, adjective
exhibitionistic, adjective
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exhibitionism in Medicine

exhibitionism ex·hi·bi·tion·ism (ěk'sə-bĭsh'ə-nĭz'əm)
An abnormal compulsion to expose the genitals with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.

ex'hi·bi'tion·ist n.
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Encyclopedia Article for exhibitionism

derivation of sexual gratification through compulsive display of one's genitals. Like voyeurism (q.v.), sexual display is almost universal as a prelude to sexual activity in animals, including humans; it is regarded as deviant behaviour when it takes place outside the context of intimate sexual relations. Exhibitionists are usually not dangerous, although the experience is frequently perceived by the victim as threatening; violence or sexual assault seldom follows the display

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