noun Psychiatry.

an erotic attraction to corpses.

Nearby words

  1. necromancy,
  2. necromania,
  3. necromimesis,
  4. necrophagous,
  5. necrophile,
  6. necrophiliac,
  7. necrophilism,
  8. necrophilous,
  9. necrophobia,
  10. necrophorous

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for necrophiliac



sexual attraction for or sexual intercourse with dead bodiesAlso called: necromania, necrophilism
Derived Formsnecrophiliac or necrophile (ˈnɛkrəʊˌfaɪl), nounnecrophilic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for necrophiliac



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

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Medicine definitions for necrophiliac




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

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