- 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.
Origin of exhibitionism
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Examples from the Web for exhibitionism
IEDs of exhibitionism are going off in every pop-culture marketplace.Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law
P. J. O’Rourke
May 4, 2014
Snapchat offers all the exhibitionism and daring without the threat of public disclosure.Confide Is the Best Way to Keep Your Dastardly Deeds Hidden—For Now
January 17, 2014
When he is at his best, Owens cuts sensual garments that do not rely on flamboyance or exhibitionism to evoke sex appeal.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Are Designers Bashing Women?
March 2, 2012
She talks to Lorenza Muñoz about exhibitionism, her passion for acting, and Last Tango in Paris.Carey Mulligan's Naked Turn in 'Shame'
November 30, 2011
Exhibitionism can take many forms and it is always characterized by the context of the exposure.Why Do Men Flash People on Twitter?
T. Byram Karasu
June 11, 2011
I have myself hardly ever observed this form of exhibitionism in children.
Sexual modesty is an advance over the exhibitionism of monkeys.Philosophic Nights In Paris
Remy De Gourmont
The impulse to exhibitionism has only developed in recent years.
It is necessary to insist upon this fact, as distinguishing exhibitionism in children from exhibitionism in adults.
The presence of masturbation in this case renders it untypical as a case of 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
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- An abnormal compulsion to expose the genitals with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.
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