[ ek-suh-bish-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˌɛk səˈbɪʃ əˌnɪz əm /


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 forms

non·ex·hi·bi·tion·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exhibitionism


/ (ˌɛksɪˈbɪʃəˌnɪzəm) /


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 Forms

exhibitionist, noun, adjectiveexhibitionistic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for exhibitionism


[ ĕk′sə-bĭshə-nĭz′əm ]


An abnormal compulsion to expose the genitals with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.

Related forms

ex′hi•bition•ist n.
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