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From para- +‎ -philia


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paraphillia (plural paraphillias)

  1. A technical term for a sexual attraction of an unusual or pathological nature.
  2. Sexual arousal in response to sexual objects or situations which may interfere with the capacity for reciprocal affectionate sexual activity or lead to clinically significant distress or impairment (e.g. are obligatory, require participation of non consenting individuals, lead to legal issues).
  3. Any of a group of sexual fantasies, urges and behaviors that are considered deviant with respect to cultural norms.

Usage notes[edit]

  • It is important to notice that the term can be and is also used to imply "less mainstream sexual practices" but without necessarily negatively implying any dysfunction or 'wrongness'.