[ skoh-puh-fil-ee-uh ]
/ ˌskoʊ pəˈfɪl i ə /

noun Psychiatry.

the obtaining of sexual pleasure by looking at nude bodies, erotic photographs, etc.

Nearby words

  1. scopes trial,
  2. scoping,
  3. scoping study,
  4. scopolamine,
  5. scopoline,
  6. scopophiliac,
  7. scopophobia,
  8. scops owl,
  9. scoptic,
  10. scoptophilia

Also scop·to·phil·i·a [skop-tuh-fil-ee-uh] /ˌskɒp təˈfɪl i ə/.

Origin of scopophilia

From New Latin, dating back to 1920–25; see origin at -scope, -o-, -philia

Related formssco·po·phil·i·ac [skoh-puh-fil-ee-ak] /ˌskoʊ pəˈfɪl iˌæk/, scop·to·phil·i·ac [skop-tuh-fil-ee-ak] /ˌskɒp təˈfɪl iˌæk/, noun, adjectivesco·po·phil·ic, scop·to·phil·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for scoptophilia



"voyeurism," 1924 (in a translation of Freud), from Greek -skopia "observation" (see scope (n.1)) + -philia. In early use often scoptophilia through a mistake by Freud's translators. Modern form by 1937. Related: Scopophiliac.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for scoptophilia


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