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transvestism

[trans-ves-tiz-uh m, tranz-] /trænsˈvɛs tɪz əm, trænz-/
noun
1.
the practice, especially of men, of wearing clothing usually associated with the opposite sex for psychological gratification.
Also, transvestitism
[trans-ves-ti-tiz-uh m, tranz-] /trænsˈvɛs tɪˌtɪz əm, trænz-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of transvestism
1925-1930
1925-30; < German Transvestismus < Latin trāns- trans- + vest(īre) to clothe + German -ismus -ism
Related forms
transvestic, adjective
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transvestism trans·ves·tism (trāns-věs'tĭz'əm, trānz-) or trans·ves·ti·tism (-tĭ-tĭz'əm)
n.
Dressing or masquerading in the clothes of the opposite sex.

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