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exhibitionist

[ek-suh-bish-uh-nist]
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noun
  1. a person who behaves in ways intended to attract attention or display his or her powers, personality, etc.
  2. Psychiatry. a person afflicted with the compulsions of exhibitionism.
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Origin of exhibitionist

First recorded in 1815–25; exhibition + -ist
Related formsex·hi·bi·tion·is·tic, adjectiveex·hi·bi·tion·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ex·hi·bi·tion·is·tic, adjectivesem·i·ex·hi·bi·tion·ist, noun
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Related Words for exhibitionistic

gaudy, swank, splashy, flamboyant, extravagant, classy, garish, jaunty, conspicuous, glittery, pretentious, boastful, chichi, crass, dashing, egotistic, flatulent, fussy, gay, grandiose

Word Origin and History for exhibitionistic

exhibitionist

n.

1821, "one who takes part in an exhibition;" psychosexual sense is from 1893, in Craddock's translation of Krafft-Ebing; see exhibition + -ist. Related: Exhibitionism; exhibitionistic.

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