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[vwah-yur-iz-uh m, voi-, voi-uh-riz-]
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  1. the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively.
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Origin of voyeurism

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Related Words for voyeurism

surveillance, espionage, observing, prying, bugging, voyeurism, espial, following, wiretapping

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Word Origin and History for voyeurism


"scopophilia," 1924, from voyeur + -ism.

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voyeurism in Medicine


  1. The practice of being a voyeur.scopophilia
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voyeurism in Culture


[(voy-ur-iz-uhm, vwah-yur-iz-uhm, voy-uhr-iz-uhm)]

Deriving sexual satisfaction by secretly watching others undress or engage in sexual activity. (See peeping Tom.)

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