noun Psychiatry.
a type of mental disorder characterized by a preference for or obsession with unusual sexual practices, as pedophilia, sadomasochism, or exhibitionism.
Also called sexual deviation.

1920–25; para-1 + -philia, on the model of paranoia Unabridged
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paraphilia (ˌpærəˈfɪlɪə)
any abnormal sexual behaviour; sexual anomaly or deviation
[C20: from para-1 + -philia, from Greek philos loving]

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Word Origin & History

1925, in translation of work by Viennese-born psychotherapist Wilhelm Stekel (1868-1940), who coined it from Gk. para- "beside, aside" + philos "loving." Used in Eng. translations of his works; not in widespread use until 1950s. first used in "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" in
1980, as a morally neutral and more dignified label than perversion, to which it is nonetheless etymologically similar.
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paraphilia n.
Sexual practices that are socially prohibited.

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