What does necrophilia mean?

Definitions for necrophiliaˌnɛk rəˈfɪl i ə

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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of necrophilia in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of necrophilia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Griffiths:

    I refer to it being pseudo-necrophilia, there are some people who really won’t go through a necrophilia act but having someone who is drugged or asleep may be enough for someone.

  2. William Pryor:

    A constitutional right that protects 'the choice of one's partner' and 'whether and how to connect sexually' must logically extend to activities like prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia.

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