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par·a·phil·i·a

 (păr′ə-fĭl′ē-ə, -fēl′yə)
n.
1. A condition, such as exhibitionism or masochism, in which sexual gratification is derived from activities or fantasies that are generally regarded as atypical or deviant.
2. Such a condition when it causes distress or impaired functioning in the individual or actual or potential harm to others; a paraphilic disorder.

par′a·phil′i·ac n.
par′a·phil′ic n.

paraphilia

(ˌpærəˈfɪlɪə)
n
(Psychiatry) any abnormal sexual behaviour; sexual anomaly or deviation
[C20: from para-1 + -philia, from Greek philos loving]

paraphilia

the practice of, indulgence in, or addiction to unusual sexual activities. — paraphilic, adj.
See also: Sex
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraphilia - abnormal sexual activity
exhibitionism, immodesty - the perverse act of exposing and attracting attention to your own genitals
fetichism, fetishism - sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs)
paedophilia, pedophilia - a sexual attraction to children
voyeurism - a perversion in which a person receives sexual gratification from seeing the genitalia of others or witnessing others' sexual behavior
zoophilia, zoophilism - a sexual attraction to animals
sexual perversion, perversion - an aberrant sexual practice;
paederasty, pederasty - sexual relations between a man and a boy (usually anal intercourse with the boy as a passive partner)
Translations
paraphilie

paraphilia

n parafilia
References in periodicals archive ?
Berlin, Sex Hormones, Neurotransmitters, and Psychopharmacological Treatments in Men with Paraphilic Disorders, 12 J.
The practice of dressing and acting like a baby is known as paraphilic infantilism but there is little in the way of formal research on the subject, although some have linked it to masochism.
(55) Stephen Smallbone and Richard Wortley, Child Sexual Abuse in Queensland." Offender Characteristics and Modus Operandi (Queensland Crime Commission and Queensland Police Service, 2000) <http://www.cmc.qld.gov.au/research-and-publications> xii; Stephen W Small-bone and Richard K Wortley, 'Criminal Diversity and Paraphilic Interests among Adult Males Convicted of Sexual Offenses against Children' (2004) 48 International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 175; Patrick Lussier, 'The Criminal Activity of Sexual Offenders in Adulthood: Revisiting the Specialization Debate' (2005) 17 Sexual Abuse:A Journal of Research and Treatment 269, 282-3.
BALTIMORE--The work group developing definitions of various paraphilic disorders for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual has its job cut out for it.
Fantasies, behaviors, or objects are paraphilic only when they lead to a clinically significant distress or impairment ...
Medroxy-progesterone acetate in the treatment of paraphilic sexual disorders: Rate of relapse in paraphilic men treated in long-term group psychotherapy with or without medroxy-progesterone acetate.
One clinical implication of these findings, for example, is that if someone emits sexual behavior (such as paraphilic behavior) towards one object or person, this behavior may not generalize as quickly to other behaviors or stimuli as we might expect given the parameters of stimulus equivalence and stimulus and response generalization.
Research on samples of men and women from the general population suggests that paraphilic interests and behaviours are more common in men than in women, but the reasons for this sex difference are unclear.
Simulated paraphilias: a preliminary study of patients who imitate or exaggerate paraphilic symptoms and behaviors.
Pharmacologic treatment of sex offenders with paraphilic disorder Current Psychiatry Reports , 15:356.
Society's lack of education and openness about childhood sexuality leaves children who reach puberty with paraphilic lovemaps alone and potentially stigmatized and ostracized (Money, 1999).
Because of some similarities between paraphilic sexual behavior and inappropriate drug use, the terms sexual addiction and sexual compulsion have recently become more popular, but they haven't made it into the DSM-IV.