[ nek-ruh-fil-ee-uh ]
/ ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl i ə /

noun Psychiatry.

an erotic attraction to corpses.

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 necrophilic


/ (ˌnɛkrəʊˈfɪlɪə) /


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 necrophilic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for necrophilic


[ nĕk′rə-fĭlē-ə ]


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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