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paraphilia

[ par-uh-fil-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpær əˈfɪl i ə /
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Definition of paraphilia

noun Psychiatry.
a type of mental disorder characterized by a preference for or obsession with unusual sexual practices, as pedophilia, sadomasochism, or exhibitionism.
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Also called sexual deviation.

Origin of paraphilia

1920–25; para-1 + -philia, on the model of paranoia
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British Dictionary definitions for paraphilia

paraphilia
/ (ˌpærəˈfɪlɪə) /

noun
any abnormal sexual behaviour; sexual anomaly or deviation

Word Origin for paraphilia

C20: from para- 1 + -philia, from Greek philos loving
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