voyeurism

voyeurism

[vwah-yur-iz-uhm, voi-, voi-uh-riz-]
noun
the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively.

Origin:
voyeur + -ism

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voyeur (vwaɪˈɜː, French vwajœr)
 
n
a person who obtains sexual pleasure or excitement from the observation of someone undressing, having intercourse, etc
 
[C20: French, literally: one who sees, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre]
 
vo'yeurism
 
n
 
voyeur'istic
 
adj
 
voyeur'istically
 
adv

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Main Entry:  voyeurism
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See scopophilia
Main Entry:  voyeurism
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See scoptophilia
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voyeurism voy·eur·ism (voi-yûr'ĭz'əm)
n.
The practice of being a voyeur. Also called scopophilia.

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voyeurism [(voy-ur-iz-uhm, vwah-yur-iz-uhm, voy-uhr-iz-uhm)]

Deriving sexual satisfaction by secretly watching others undress or engage in sexual activity. (See peeping Tom.)

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voyeurism

human sexual behaviour involving achievement of sexual arousal through viewing the sexual activities of others or through watching others disrobe. To some extent voyeurism is widespread; various types of sexual display are a normal part of sexual attraction and mating behaviour in most animals, including humans, but voyeurism is considered a deviant behaviour when observation ceases to be merely one factor in sexual attraction and becomes the sole or primary source of gratification. The risk of being caught is an additional element in the excitement of the voyeur.

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