[ nek-ruh-fil-ee-ak ]
/ ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl iˌæk /
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noun Also nec·ro·phile [nek-ruh-fahyl] /ˈnɛk rəˌfaɪl/ .
Psychiatry. a person who is sexually excited by or attracted to dead bodies:The serial killer was also a known necrophiliac.
a person who is excited or fascinated by death or killing:Those who embrace violence, whether in the form of acts of terrorism or acts of war, are necrophiliacs.
Psychiatry. having or relating to a sexual attraction to dead bodies:He had a disturbing tendency toward necrophiliac fantasies.
excited or fascinated by death or killing:I don't approve of that publisher's extreme, often necrophiliac and paranoid array of publications.
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Also nec·ro·phil·ic [nek-ruh-fil-ik], /ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl ɪk/, .
Origin of necrophiliac
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