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exhibitionism

[ ek-suh-bish-uh-niz-uhm ]

noun

  1. a tendency to display one's abilities or to behave in such a way as to attract attention.
  2. Psychiatry. a disorder characterized especially by a compulsion to exhibit the genitals in public.


exhibitionism

/ ˌɛksɪˈbɪʃəˌnɪzəm /

noun

  1. a compulsive desire to attract attention to oneself, esp by absurd or exaggerated behaviour or boasting
  2. psychiatry a compulsive desire to expose one's genital organs publicly


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Derived Forms

  • ˌexhiˈbitionist, nounadjective
  • ˌexhiˌbitionˈistic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • nonex·hi·bition·ism noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of exhibitionism1

First recorded in 1890–95; exhibition + -ism

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Example Sentences

IEDs of exhibitionism are going off in every pop-culture marketplace.

Snapchat offers all the exhibitionism and daring without the threat of public disclosure.

When he is at his best, Owens cuts sensual garments that do not rely on flamboyance or exhibitionism to evoke sex appeal.

She talks to Lorenza Muñoz about exhibitionism, her passion for acting, and Last Tango in Paris.

In other words, it is a form of exhibitionism and is an impulse disorder.

It is necessary to insist upon this fact, as distinguishing exhibitionism in children from exhibitionism in adults.

Exhibitionism is not rare among insane women and I have myself treated two typical cases.

The presence of masturbation in this case renders it untypical as a case of exhibitionism.

It is undoubtedly true that many cases of real or apparent exhibitionism occur in epileptics.

Nine months after, the acts of exhibitionism ceased, apparently in a spontaneous manner, and there has so far been no relapse.

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