nec|ro|phil|i|a [ˌnekrəuˈfıliə, -krə US -krou-, -krə-] n [U]
[Date: 1800-1900; : Greek; Origin: nekros ( NECROMANCY) + English -philia]
sexual interest in dead bodies

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  • necrophilia — (n.) 1892, in Chaddock s translation of Krafft Ebbing s Psychopathia Sexualis, from NECRO (Cf. necro ) + PHILIA (Cf. philia) …   Etymology dictionary

  • necrophilia — ► NOUN ▪ sexual intercourse with or attraction towards corpses. DERIVATIVES necrophiliac noun …   English terms dictionary

  • necrophilia — [ne kräf′ə liz΄əmnek΄rəfil′ē ə] n. [ NECRO + PHILIA] an abnormal fascination with death and the dead; esp., an erotic attraction to corpses: also necrophilism [ne kräf′ə liz΄əm] necrophile [nek΄rəfīl΄] n. necrophiliac adj. necrophilous …   English World dictionary

  • Necrophilia — A depiction of necrophilia in Franz Fiedler s series Narre Tod, Mein Spielgesell (1921) Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia or necrolagnia, is the sexual attraction to corpses. It is classified as a paraphilia by the Diagnostic and Statistical …   Wikipedia

  • necrophilia — [[t]ne̱krəfɪ̱liə[/t]] N UNCOUNT Necrophilia is the act of having sexual intercourse with a dead body, or the desire to do this …   English dictionary

  • necrophilia — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1892 obsession with and usually erotic interest in or stimulation by corpses • necrophiliac adjective or noun • necrophilic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • necrophilia — necrophile /nek reuh fuyl /, n. necrophiliac /nek reuh fil ee ak /, necrophilic, adj., n. /nek reuh fil ee euh/, n. Psychiatry. an erotic attraction to corpses. [1890 95; < NL; see NECRO , PHILIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • necrophilia — noun /ˌnɛkɹə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪə,nɛkɹoʊˈfɪliə,nɛkɹoʊˈfɪljə/ a) A pathological attraction to dead bodies, especially sexual attraction or intercourse. b) Pathological fascination with death. Syn: necrophilism …   Wiktionary

  • necrophilia — nec·ro·phil·ia .nek rə fil ē ə n obsession with and usu. erotic interest in or stimulation by corpses * * * see necrophilism * * * nec·ro·phil·ia (nek″ro filґe ə) [necro + philia] fascination or obsession with death, usually… …   Medical dictionary

  • necrophilia — Synonyms and related words: active algolagnia, algolagnia, algolagny, amphierotism, autoeroticism, bisexuality, coprophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, heterosexuality, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, incest, incestuousness,… …   Moby Thesaurus