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noun Psychiatry.
  1. an erotic attraction to corpses.
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Origin of necrophilia

From New Latin, dating back to 1890–95; see origin at necro-, -philia
Related formsnec·ro·phile [nek-ruh-fahyl] /ˈnɛk rəˌfaɪl/, nounnec·ro·phil·i·ac [nek-ruh-fil-ee-ak] /ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl iˌæk/, nec·ro·phil·ic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for necrophilia


  1. sexual attraction for or sexual intercourse with dead bodiesAlso called: necromania, necrophilism
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Derived Formsnecrophiliac or necrophile (ˈnɛkrəʊˌfaɪl), nounnecrophilic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for necrophilia


1892, in Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebbing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," from necro- + -philia.

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necrophilia in Medicine


  1. An abnormal fondness for being in the presence of dead bodies.necromania
  2. Sexual contact with or erotic desire for dead bodies.
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Related formsnec′ro•phili•ac′ (-ē-ăk′) adj. n.
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