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exhibitionism

[ ek-suh-bish-uh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˌɛk səˈbɪʃ əˌnɪz əm /
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noun
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.
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Origin of exhibitionism

First recorded in 1890–95; exhibition + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM exhibitionism

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

exhibitionism
/ (ˌɛksɪˈbɪʃəˌnɪzəm) /

noun
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 of exhibitionism

exhibitionist, noun, adjectiveexhibitionistic, adjective
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