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

noun Psychiatry.

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

Origin of paraphilia

1920–25; para-1 + -philia, on the model of paranoia
Also called sexual deviation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paraphilia

/ (ˌpærəˈfɪlɪə) /


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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Medicine definitions for paraphilia

[ păr′ə-fĭlē-ə, -fēlyə ]


A psychosexual disorder in which sexual gratification is obtained through highly unusual practices that are harmful or humiliating to others or socially repugnant, such as voyeurism or pedophilia.
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