Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Obsessive fascination with death and corpses.
  • n. Erotic attraction to or sexual contact with corpses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pathological attraction to dead bodies, especially sexual attraction or intercourse.
  • n. Pathological fascination with death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies

Etymologies

From necro- (Ancient Greek νεκρός (nékros, "corpse, dead")) + -philia (Ancient Greek φιλία (philía, "affection")), after German Nekrophilie (in Krafft-Ebing 1887). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This category is for individuals whose sexual interests are directed primarily toward objects other than people of the opposite sex, toward sexual acts not usually associated with coitus, or toward coitus performed under bizarre circumstances as in necrophilia, pedophilia, sexual sadism, and fetishism.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Light at the End of the DADT Tunnel

  • How about a float focusing on brave humans risking their lives for lofty objectives, exploration by robots, NASA as an agency that helps save the home planet, and space commercialization to make human space travel a * real* 21st century enterprise, rather than phallic hardware and retro-landers that belie a certain necrophilia for Apollo?

    I Wonder What NASA's Float Will Look Like - NASA Watch

  • Brought to you via ascetic_hedony's recent update and comment by cricketk ascetic_hedony: nothing says humour like cannibalism cricketk oh - I'd say necrophilia is pretty humourous.

    January 4th, 2006

  • "... rather than phallic hardware and retro-landers that belie a certain necrophilia for Apollo?"

    I Wonder What NASA's Float Will Look Like - NASA Watch

  • The most disturbing and extreme form of necrophilia is necrophilia. )

    Less being more

  • Your Greek roots are correct, Mike, but the compound English word necrophilia doesn't refer to a fascination with death, it refers specifically to sex with corpses.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • This game involved digging up buried pegs That's called "necrophilia" and "grave-robbing" where I live.

    Tallulah Morehead: Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Double Indumbnity

  • The statutory provisions for censorship in NZ have a two routes to censorship, the first being an objective list of obejectionable material such as necrophilia, child abuse, the second being a subjective "public injury" test.

    Censorship across the Pond: So what?

  • This law made it an offence for an individual in future to possess material deemed as "extreme porn", described as images that depicted "explicit realistic extreme acts" - such as necrophilia, bestiality or acts that were life-threatening or likely to cause serious harm to intimate body parts - pornographic (produced for the purposes of sexual arousal), and "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character".

    The Register

  • What feels particularly familiar is the emotive language being used by those opposing Englaro's right to die - Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, the Vatican's spokesperson on "health issues" described the planned removal of feeding tubes as "monstrous and inhuman murder", while Church newspaper Avvenire accused the court of "necrophilia".

    New Humanist Blog

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  • "One more of these charming diversions of ours:
    Necrophilia, huh? now theres a hobby for ya. Fucking a corpse. Takes a special kind of guy, dont you think?

    But it happens, it happens. More than you might think. It happens among humans. Animals dont do that. Animals dont fuck their dead.

    A rat will do alot of gross things, but he will not fuck a dead rat. It wouldnt even occur to him.
    Only a human being would think: to fuck someone who just died.

    We must be one of the most interesting species on the planet. And then we just wonder why UFOs just land and say: "Hello""
    - George Carlin about necrophilia in Life is worth losing

    March 19, 2009

  • One possible result of a necromance.

    June 10, 2008

  • Stop, stop! You're killing me!

    Wait....

    October 13, 2007

  • a kind of paste used by embalmers to fill cracks in dead people

    October 13, 2007