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scopophilia

[skoh-puh-fil-ee-uh] /ˌskoʊ pəˈfɪl i ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
the obtaining of sexual pleasure by looking at nude bodies, erotic photographs, etc.
Also, scoptophilia
[skop-tuh-fil-ee-uh] /ˌskɒp təˈfɪl i ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of scopophilia
1920-1925
From New Latin, dating back to 1920-25; See origin at -scope, -o-, -philia
Related forms
scopophiliac
[skoh-puh-fil-ee-ak] /ˌskoʊ pəˈfɪl iˌæk/ (Show IPA),
scoptophiliac
[skop-tuh-fil-ee-ak] /ˌskɒp təˈfɪl iˌæk/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
scopophilic, scoptophilic, adjective
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Contemporary definitions for scopophilic
noun

sexual stimulation or satisfaction from looking at naked people, most often without their knowledge; a love of looking at people in this way; also called scoptophilia , voyeurism

See scoptophilia

Word Origin

Greek skopeo 'to view'

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Word Origin and History for scopophilic

scopophilia

n.

"voyeurism," 1924 (in a translation of Freud), from Greek -skopia "observation" (see scope (n.1)) + -philia. In early use often scoptophilia through a mistake by Freud's translators. Modern form by 1937. Related: Scopophiliac.

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scopophilic in Medicine

scopophilia sco·po·phil·i·a (skō'pə-fĭl'ē-ə)
n.
See voyeurism.

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