Definitions for necrophiliaˌnɛk rəˈfɪl i ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nec•ro•phil•i•aˌnɛk rəˈfɪl i ə(n.)

  1. an erotic attraction to corpses.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of necrophilia:


nec`ro•phil′i•ac(adj.; n.)

nec`ro•phil′ic(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. necrophilia, necrophilism, necromania(noun)

    an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies


  1. necrophilia(Noun)

    A pathological attraction to dead bodies, especially sexual attraction or intercourse.

  2. necrophilia(Noun)

    Pathological fascination with death.

  3. Origin: From necro- ( ) + -philia (Ancient Greek ), after Nekrophilie (in Krafft-Ebing 1887).


  1. Necrophilia

    Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia or necrolagnia, is the sexual attraction to corpses. It is classified as a paraphilia by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The word is derived from the Greek words: νεκρός and φιλία. The term was coined by the Belgian alienist Joseph Guislain, who first used it in a lecture in 1850. Rosman and Resnick reviewed information from 34 cases of necrophilia describing the individuals' motivations for their behaviors: these individuals reported the desire to possess an unresisting and unrejecting partner, reunions with a romantic partner, sexual attraction to corpses, comfort or overcoming feelings of isolation, or seeking self-esteem by expressing power over a homicide victim.


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