Definitions

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

  • n. Any of a group of psychosexual disorders characterized by sexual fantasies, feelings, or activities involving a nonhuman object, a nonconsenting partner such as a child, or pain or humiliation of oneself or one's partner. Also called sexual deviation.

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  • n. any sexual deviation, which is considered abnormal in some societies or which may prevent or hinder one's ability to receive reciprocal love

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

  • n. abnormal sexual activity

Etymologies

From para- (“abnormal”) + -philia. (Wiktionary)

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  • “In 1996, when she worked as an assistant to a sexologist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, then called the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, she found herself the only woman on a floor of researchers investigating male sexual preferences and what are known as paraphilias — erotic desires that fall far outside the norm.�?

    The New York Times, What Do Women Want?, by Daniel Bergner, January 22, 2009

    January 24, 2009