[ par-uh-fil-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpær əˈfɪl i ə /
a type of mental disorder characterized by a preference for or obsession with unusual sexual practices, as pedophilia, sadomasochism, or exhibitionism.
Also called sexual deviation.
Definition for sexual deviation (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for sexual deviation
/ (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 sexual deviation
[ păr′ə-fĭl′ē-ə, -fēl′yə ]
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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