Definitions for voyeurism
a perversion in which a person receives sexual gratification from seeing the genitalia of others or witnessing others' sexual behavior
The derivation of sexual satisfaction by watching people secretly, especially when those being watched are undressed or engaging in sexual activity.
The derivation of satisfaction by obsessively watching or following sensational or sordid subjects.
Voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature. The principal characteristic of voyeurism is that the voyeur does not normally relate directly with the subject of his/her interest, who is often unaware of being observed. Voyeurism may involve the making of a secret photograph or video of the subject during an intimate activity. When the interest in a particular subject is obsessive, the behavior may be described as stalking. The term comes from the French voyeur, "one who looks". A male voyeur is commonly labeled "Peeping Tom", a term which originates from the Lady Godiva legend. However, that term is usually applied to a male who observes somebody through their window, and not in a public place.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A paraphilia characterized by repetitive looking at unsuspecting people, usually strangers, who are either naked, in the act of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity, as the method for achieving sexual excitement.
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