Sex is the gender of an person, female or male. Sex is any function or behavior involved with reproduction.(noun)
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Origin: ME < L sexus < ? secare, to cut, divide: see saw
Origin: < L sex, six
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Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Latin sexus.
Origin: , from sex, six; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots.
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the finding of sexual pleasure in suffering or inflicting physical pain; sadomasochism. —algolagnist, n. —algolagnic, adj.
Rare. bisexualism. —amphierotic, adj.
Medicine. the absence or loss of sexual desire. Also called sexual anesthesia.
an extreme state of sexual desire.
a food or other substance that creates sexual desire. —aphrodisiac, adj.
a mania for sexual pleasure.
Psychoanalysis. the arousal and satisfaction of sexual desires within or by oneself, usually by masturbation. Also autoerotism. —autoerotic, adj.
1. Archaic. the practice or occupation of being a bawd or procurer.
2. Obsolete, fornication or unlawful intercourse.
sexual relations between a person and an animal. See also behavior.
1. animal magnetism, or the power that enables some people to induce a hypnotic state in others.
2. physical attraction between members of the sexes. —biomagnetic, adj.
the state of being sexually responsive or attracted to members of both sexes. Also called amphierotism. See also body, human. —bisexual, adj.
the practice of finding satisfaction in activities related to fleshly desires and appetites, especially the sexual. — carnal, adj.
an abnormal fear of sexual intercourse. Also called genophobia.
1. the use of obscene or scatological language for sexual gratification.
2. a love of obscenity.
3. Psychiatry. an abnormal interest in feces, especially as a source of sexual excitement.
the failure of one or both testes to descend normally. —cryp-torchid, n., adj.
the act of having sexual intercourse with a virgin; devirgination.
Obsolete, the deflowering of a virgin. Also called defloration.
an obsession with genitals.
Psychiatry. the adoption, by a male, of feminine mannerisms, clothing, etc. Also called transvestism, transvestitism.
the state or quality of combining characteristics of both sexes. —epicenity, n. —epicene, adj.
1. the erotic or sexual quality of something.
2. the use of sexually arousing or stimulating materials in literature, drama, art, etc.
3. the condition of being sexually stimulated.
4. a sexual drive or tendency.
5. an abnormally persistent sexual drive. Also erotism.
an abnormal interest in erotica.
an abnormal interest in erotic literature.
the study of sex as a skill.
abnormal or uncontrollable sexual desire. —erotomaniac, n., adj.
an abnormal fear of sexual feelings and their physical expression.
the condition of being in rut or sexual arousal, applied particularly to the female. Also called est rum, oestrum. —estrous, oestrous, adj.
1. the process or tradition of castrating males.
2. the state of being a eunuch.
Psychiatry. the compulsive use of some object or part of the body as a sexual stimulus, as a shoe, underclothes, a lock of hair, etc. —fetishist, fetichist, n. —fetishistic, fetichistic, adj.
whipping or flogging, either as a religious practice for the mortification of the flesh, or as a sexual activity, for sado-masochistic pleasure. —flagellant, n., adj. —flagellator, n.
the doctrine or practice of having sexual relations without marriage or any other commitment to an obligation.
the act of rubbing against another person for sexual gratification. —frotteur, n.
the study of reproduction.
a sexual attraction to the elderly. —gerontophile. n. —geronto-philic, adj.
the state or practice of being a harlot or prostitute.
1. the practice of concubinage.
2. a social system characterized by its regarding women as common property. —hetaerist, hetairist, n. —hetaeristic, hetairistic, adj.
the act and practice of attaching a clasp, ring, or other device to the genital organs to prevent sexual intercourse. See also captivity.
the worship of an erect phallus or the use of a representation of one in ritual. —ithyphallic, adj.
immoderate indulgence of sexual desire; lewd and lustful behavior. —lecher, lecherer, n. —lecherous, adj.
Psychoanalysis. the force or psychic energy behind human action, especially the sexual urge. —libidinous, adj.
lewd or lecherous behavior or attitude; lasciviousness. —lubricious, adj.
an obsession with the penis.
the condition of having both male and female sex organs in an individual. —monoecious, adj.
a sexual attraction to the dead. — necrophile, n. — necrophilic, adj.
the mutilation of a corpse in order to excite or satisfy sexual urges. —necrosadist, n.
Pathology. an excessive sexual desire in a female. Also called andromania, hysteromania, oestromania, uteromania. Cf. satyriasis. —nymphomaniac, n., adj. —nymphomaniacal, adj.
1. the practice of preejaculatory withdrawal during intercourse.
2. masturbation. — onanist, n. —onanistic, adj.
an obsession with testicles.
1. the practice of acting as a go-between in amorous intrigues.
2. the action of soliciting customers for a prostitute or of procuring women for sexual purposes. Also panderage.
the practice of, indulgence in, or addiction to unusual sexual activities. —paraphilic, adj.
an abnormal fear of sexual perversion.
1. an emphasis of sexual interest upon one part of the body.
2. a form of fetishism in which the sexual stimulus is a part of the body, as pictures of feet.
an abnormal interest in pornography.
1. Pathology. a continuous erection of the penis, especially as the result of a disease.
2. a prurient action or display. —priapismic, adj.
the practice of pimping by females. — proxenetist, n.
an inclination toward lewdness or lustfulness; lustful behavior. —prurient, adj.
1. lewdness of speech.
2. lustful or lecherous behavior. —salacious, adj.
Pathology. an abnormal, uncontrollable sexual desire in men. Also called gynecomania, satyrism, satyromania. Cf. nymphomania. —satyr, n. —satyric, adj.
1. Also called passive scopophilia. the deriving of sexual pleasure from viewing nude bodies, sexual acts, or erotic photographs; voyeurism.
2. Also called active scopophilia, scoptophilia. an abnormal desire to be seen, especially genitally; exhibitionism. —scopophiliac, n. —scopophilic, adj.
the study of normal and abnormal sexual behavior. —sexologist, n. —sexological, adj.
emphasis upon sex as being a prime concern in life.
the psychological phenomenon of a person identifying with the opposite sex, sometimes to the extent of undergoing surgery for change of sex. —transsexual, n., adj.
Obsolete, a burning sexual desire; a lustful passion.
Archaic. sexual activity; the gratification of sexual impulses.
the practice of gaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual acts, erotic pictures, etc. —voyeur, n. —voyeuristic, adj.
the act or practice of prostitution.
1. the practice of being a whoremaster, or whoremonger.
2. the actions or behavior of a whoremaster, or whoremonger.
a desire for sexual activity with animals. —zoophilist, n. —zoophilic, zoophilous, adj.
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