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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ So I got up immediately and said it would be the end of a beautiful friendship if he accused me of necrophilia!
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1892, in Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebbing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," from necro- + -philia.


n. 1 (context sexuality English) A pathological attraction to dead bodies, especially sexual attraction or intercourse. 2 Pathological fascination with death.


n. an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies [syn: necrophilism, necromania]


Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. The attraction is classified as a paraphilia by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. The term was coined by the Belgian alienist Joseph Guislain, who first used it in a lecture in 1850. It derives from the Greek words νεκρός (nekros; "dead") and φιλία (philia; "love").

Rosman and Resnick (1989) reviewed information from 34 cases of necrophilia describing the individuals' motivations for their behaviors: these individuals reported the desire to possess a non-resisting and non-rejecting partner (68%), reunions with a romantic partner (21%), sexual attraction to corpses (15%), comfort or overcoming feelings of isolation (15%), or seeking self-esteem by expressing power over a homicide victim (12%).

Usage examples of "necrophilia".

Jerry realized, as both of Caroline's eyes popped out upon her climax, and their precious ooze commingled, that if a living person has intimate relations with a dead body, it's called necrophilia.

These manga treat topics ranging from rape to incest, to lesbianism, scatology and necrophilia.