[ek-suh-bish-uh-niz-uh m]


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

First recorded in 1890–95; exhibition + -ism
Related formsnon·ex·hi·bi·tion·ism, noun
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Related Words for exhibitionism

flashing, immodesty

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British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Formsexhibitionist, noun, adjectiveexhibitionistic, adjective
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exhibitionism in Medicine




An abnormal compulsion to expose the genitals with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.
Related formsex′hi•bition•ist n.
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