priapism

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From Latin priapismus, from Priapus (the god of procreation, the penis) +‎ -ism, from Ancient Greek πριαπισμός (priapismós).

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priapism (countable and uncountable, plural priapisms)

  1. (pathology) A potentially painful or harmful medical condition in which the erect penis (erection) does not return to its flaccid state (despite the absence of both physical and psychological stimulation), often as a result of a spinal injury.
  2. Being obsessively focused on one's genitals or on the need for genital gratification.
    • 2018 September 26, Ross Douthat, “Brett Kavanaugh and the Limits of Certainty”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [M]any on the right have found themselves justifying our current president's priapism with the same arguments that liberals once used to excuse Clinton.

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