Scopophile meaning

(psychology, sexuality) One with a sexual dependency on openly observing genitalia and sexual acts, as opposed to a voyeur, who watches in secret.

Caligula was a scopophile who was not ashamed of his irregular desire to watch others making love, while Mr. Hoover, as a voyeur, favored the keyhole and wiretap as methods of observation.

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Origin of scopophile

  • From Ancient Greek σκοπός (skopos, “watcher”) + English -phile.

    From Wiktionary