voyeur


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voy·eur

 (voi-yûr′)
n.
1. Psychology A person who derives sexual gratification from covert observation of an unsuspecting person who is naked, undressing, or engaging in sexual activity.
2. An enthusiastic observer of sordid or sensational subjects.

[French, from Old French, one who lies in wait, from voir, to see, from Latin vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

voy·eur′ism n.
voy′eur·is′tic adj.
voy′eur·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

voyeur

(vwaɪˈɜː; French vwajœr)
n
a person who obtains sexual pleasure or excitement from the observation of someone undressing, having intercourse, etc
[C20: French, literally: one who sees, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre]
voˈyeurism n
ˌvoyeurˈistic adj
ˌvoyeurˈistically adv

vo•yeur

(vwɑˈyɜr, vɔɪˈɜr)

n.
1. a person who obtains sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, esp. secretively.
2. a person who derives exaggerated or unseemly enjoyment from being an observer.
[1915–20; < French]
vo•yeur•ism (vwɑˈyɜr ɪz əm, vɔɪˈɜr-, ˈvɔɪ əˌrɪz-) n.
voy`eur•is′tic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.voyeur - a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of othersvoyeur - a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others
looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness - a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind); "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"
Translations

voyeur

[vwɑːˈjɜːʳ] Nvoyeur mf, voyer mf, mirón/ona m/f

voyeur

[vwaɪˈɜːr] nvoyeur/euse m/f

voyeur

nVoyeur(in) m(f)

voyeur

[vwɑːˈjɜːʳ] nguardone/a, voyeur m inv

voy·eur

n., Fr. voyeur, persona que practica voyeurismo.
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Sin embargo, la cuestion voyeur tiene especial propension para ser tematizada y problematizada en el discurso filmico, posiblemente porque la mirada es lo que mas ampliamente esta a la base de los media --de donde Clay Calvert se sirve para proponer su teoria de voyeurismo mediado (2004)--.
The voyeur, who admitted following around women wearing short skirts, claimed he was only doing it for a laugh and was unaware that it would get him in trouble.
The 46-year-old voyeur was seen holding a small mirror under the partitions of cubicles at Stockton's Splash centre.
The photographs also include the person's name and profession, so you can feel like a complete voyeur.