FETISH GLOSSARY

Glossary of Sexual Terms and Practices

 


Abduction: to kidnap or carry a person away by force, also used in sex play
Abrasions: scratching or rubbing off skin
Abstinence: celibacy
Acme genesis: orgasm
Acomoclitic: preference for hairless genitals
Acousticophilia: arousal from sounds
Acrophilia: arousal from heights or high altitudes
Acrotomophilia: sexual preference for amputees
Actirasty: arousal from exposure to sun’s rays
Acucullophallia: circumcision
Acupressure: pressure points on body that induce certain responses, some sexual
Adolescentilism: cross-dressing or playing the role of an adolescent
Adultery: having sex outside a marriage
Agalmatophilia: arousal from statues or manikins; also called pygmalionism
Agenobiosis: married couple who consent to live together without sex
Agonophilia: person who is aroused by partner pretending to struggle
Agoraphilia: arousal from open spaces or having sex in public
Agrexophilia: arousal from others knowing you are having sex
Albutophilia: arousal from water
Algophilia: arousal from experiencing pain
Aliphineur: person using lotion to arouse partner
Alloerasty: use of nudity of another person to arouse partner
Allopellia: having orgasm from watching others engaging in sex
Allorgasmia: arousal from fantasizing about someone other than one’s partner
Allotriorasty: arousal from partners of other nations or races
Alphamegamia: arousal from partner of different age group
Altocalciphilia: high heel fetish
Alvinolagnia: stomach fetish
Amatripsis: masturbation by rubbing labia together
Amaurophilia: preference for a blind or blindfolded sex partner
Amomaxia: sex in a parked car
Ambisexual: bi-sexual
Amelotasis: attraction to absence of limb
Amelotation: loss of a limb
Amokoscisia: arousal or sexual frenzy with desire to slash or mutilate women
Amphisexual: bi-sexual
Amychesis: act of scratching partner during sexual passion
Anaclitism: arousal from items used as infant
Analinctus: licking anus
Analingus: rimming or penetration of anus with tongue
Anasteemaphilia: attraction to taller or shorter partners
Androgyny: having both male & female characteristics
Androgynophilia: bi-sexual
Androidism: arousal from robots with human features
Andromania: nymphomania
Androminetophilia: arousal from female partner who dresses like male
Androsodomy: anal sex with a male partner
Anililagnia: arousal from older female sex partner
Anisonogamist: attraction to either older or younger partner
Anocratism: anal sex
Amomaxia: sex in parked car
Anomeatia: anal sex with a female partner
Anophelorastia: arousal from defiling or ravaging a partner
Anophilemia: kissing anus
Anoraptus: rapist who only attacks elderly women
Antholagnia: arousal from smelling flowers
Anthropomorphism: attributing human characteristics to half-human half-animal characters
Anthropophagolagnia: rape with cannibalism
Anthropophagy: cannibalism
Apellous: circumcision
Aphallatia: celibacy
Aphrodisiacs: drugs stimulating a sexual response
Apistia: adultery
Apotemnophilia: person who has sexual fantasies about loosing a limb
Arachnephilia: arousal from spiders
Arrhenothigmophilous: nymphomania
Arsometry: anal sex
Artificial insemination: deposit of sperm into the vagina by methods other than male penetration of the vagina
Asceticism: religious self-denial often including celibacy
Asphyxiaphilia: arousal from lack of oxygen
Asthenolagnia: arousal from weakness or being humiliated
Astyphia: impotence
Asynodia: celibacy particularly due to impotence
Auctions: public sale with item or sex slave going to highest bidder
Autagonistophilia: exhibitionism, arousal from exposing naked body or genitals to strangers while on stage or while being photographed
Autassassinophilia: arousal from orchestrating one’s own death by the hands of another
Autoerotic Asphyxia: arousal from oxygen deprivation and sometimes risk of dying
Autogynephilia: arousal from cross dressing
Automasochism: arousal from inflicting intense sensations or pain on one’s own body
Autoerotica: self induced arousal (i.e. fantasies or other aids)
Automysophilia: arousal from being dirty or defiled
Autonepiophilia: infantilism; arousal from dressing or being treated like infant
Autopederasty: person inserting their own penis into their anus
Autophagy: self-cannibalism or eating own flesh
Autosadism: infliction of pain or injury on oneself
Avisodomy: breaking neck of bird while penetrating it for sex
Axillism: penis penetrating an arm pit


Ball dancing: bell dancing; self flagellation by hanging fruit from hooks in skin
Bardajes: young gay male lover
Barosmia: arousal from smell
Basoexia: arousal from kissing
Bath house: commercial baths, some of which allow sex on premises
Bed of Nails: lying on a bed of nails for sensory enhancement
Bee stings: the use of bees, such as to sting genitals
Bell dancing: self-flagellation with bells or other ornaments hanging the skin
Belonephilia: arousal from use of needles
Bestiality: zoophilia; sex with animals
Bestialsadism: cruelty or mutilation of animals
Bi-Sexuality: people with sexual attraction for both sexes
Biastophilia: those preferring to violently rape their victims
Bigynist: sex between one male and two females
Bihari surgery: cutting ligament above penis to make it appear longer
Bindings: wrapping feet or genitals with string or lace
Bivirist: sex between one female and two males
Blastolagnia: person aroused by young females
Blindfolding: covering the eyes
Blood Sports: sex games which involve blood
Borderline self-mutilator: auto masochism
Body Painting: temporary designs drawn on body
Body Worship: sex game where partner is made to adore another’s body
Bondage: physical or mental restriction of partner
Bordellos: houses of prostitution
Bottom: passive partner who experiences stimuli during sex games, masochist, slave, submissive
Botulinonia: using a sausage as a dildo
Bouginonia: female masturbation from the use of objects such as dildos that stretch open the vagina
Brachioprotic eroticism: a deep form of fisting where the arm enters the anus
Bradycubia: slow movement during penetration Branding: burning patterns or initials into flesh
Buggery: anal sex
Bundling: partners sleeping together clothed and without sex
Bushie Mall: agoraphilia; sex in an open area
Butt plugs: anal inserts used for masturbation


Candaulism: spouse who watches partner having sex with someone else
Caning: whipping that uses a switch or cane to discipline partner
Capnolagnia: arousal from watching others smoke
Castration: removal of the scrotum, testicles, ovaries, or penis
Cat Fighting: women fighting without rules and often tearing off each other’s clothing
Catamites: young gay male lovers
Cataphilist: male submitting to female
Catatasis: stretching of the penis
Catheters: insertion of plastic tube into urethra
Catheterophilia: arousal from use of catheters
Celibacy: abstinence from sex
Chaperon: person who escorts a young couple to ensure they don’t engage in sex
Charms: objects used to bring good luck and ward off evil
Chastity: sexual abstinence
Chastity Belts: leather or metal belts used to prevent genital penetration
Chemise Cagoule: long heavy night shirt with hole for penis
Chezolagnia: masturbating while defecating
Chipil: Couvade syndrome
Choreophilia: dancing to orgasmic release
Chrematistophilia: person aroused by having to pay for sex or having sex partner steal from them (see also harpaxophilia)
Chronophilia: arousal from passage of time; arousal from older partner
Chubby Chasers: people who are aroused by obesity in partner
Cicatrization: scarring
Circumcision: the removal of foreskin on genitals
Clamps: metal, plastic, or wood fasteners used on nipples or genitals
Claustrophilia: arousal from being confined in small space
Clitoridectomy: surgical removal of the clitoris
Clitorilingus: licking a clitoris
Clitoromania: nymphomania
Cock Rings: rings placed around the base of the male genitals to maintain erections
Cocktails: drinking of body secretions from a glass
Coitobalnism: sex in a bathtub
Coitolimia: tremendous sexual drive
Coitophobia: fear of sexual intercourse
Coitus: sexual penetration with orgasm
Coitus analis: anal sex
Coitus à Cheval: couple having sex on the back of an animal or one acting out role of horse
Coitus a Mammilla: penetration of penis between breasts
Coitus à Unda: sex or sex games in water
Coitus Intrafermoris: penetration between legs
Coitus reservatus: birth control method where male withdraws penis before ejaculation
Colobosis: mutilation or castration of penis
Condoms: latex or animal intestine used as shield to guard against skin-to-skin contact with partner’s genitals
Constrictions: bondage using rows of strings
Compulsive cruising: compulsive search for sex partners
Computer sex: the use of computers for sex games, communication, and erotic photography
Commasculation: homosexuality
Concubinage: use of female slaves as sex partners; living with sex partner without being married
Confessions: Admitting a sin; in some cases to arouse potential partner
Coprography: writing obscene words or phrases, usually in public toilets
Coprolagnia: arousal from feces
Coprolalia: arousal from using obscene language or writing
Coprophagy: the consumption of feces
Coprophilia: arousal from playing with feces, also called scat
Coproscopist: arousal from watching a person defecate
Corephallism: anal sex with young girl
Corsetting: body modification or oxygen restriction from using corsets
Corvus: fellatio
Costumes: the use of costumes in sexual fantasy play
Courtesans: the mistress of a king or nobleman
Courtship: the period before marriage where a person tries to entice the other into a commitment
Couvade: custom where male mimics child birth or is confined at time of wife’s delivery
Couvade syndrome: a male who experiences symptoms of pregnancy in sympathy for wife
Cratolagnia: arousal from strength of partner
Cross dressing: a person who wears the apparel of the opposite sex
Crurofact: leg fetish
Cryptoscopophilia: desire to see behavior of others in privacy of their home, not necessarily sexual
Cuckoldry: a man whose wife has sex or becomes impregnated by a man other than himself
Cunnilalia: to talk about female genitals
Cunnilingus: oral sex on a woman
Cupping: drawing blood to the surface of skin by placing heated glass jars onto the skin
Cutting: cicatrization, or scarring of skin for sexual purposes
Cyesolagnia: pregnant woman fetish
Cymbalism: lesbianism
Cynophilia: arousal from sex with dogs
Cyprieunia: sex with a prostitute


D’Eon, Chevalier: French cross-dresser from whom the term “Eonism” is derived
Dacnolagnomania: lust murder
Dacrylagnia: arousal from seeing tears in the eyes of a partner
Dacryphilia: person who is aroused by seeing their partner cry
Dame de voyage: dolls designed for genital penetration, often used by sailors
Danse du ventre: erotic or fertility dancing; belly dance
Dating services: agencies arranging for strangers to meet each other, usually for a fee
Day belts: chastity device used for short day excursions
De Clerambault’s syndrome: erotomania
Defecolagnia: arousal from defecation
Defilement: arousal from partner or self becoming dirty or wet
Deliberate self-harm syndrome: auto masochism
Dendrophilia: arousal from tree or fertility worship of them
Depilation: shaving, waxing, or other type of hair removal
Dermagraphism: marks left on the skin of a partner by biting, scratching or sucking
Dermaphilia: doraphilia; sexual stimulus from skin
Deviance: paraphilia; practice that deviates from the majority of society
Dildos and Plugs: instruments used for genital penetration
Dippoldism: sexual arousal from abusing children
Discipline: punishment and control of a partner in sex play
Diseases (STD or VD): sexually transmitted diseases, also called venereal diseases
Divertissement: paraphilia
Docking: slipping one partner’s foreskin over the glans penis of another
Dogging: couples who engage in sex in their car while others watch from outside
Doleros: algophilia; arousal from pain
Dominance/Submission: power exchange between partners
Doraphilia: arousal from animal fur, leather, or skin
Douches: rinsing out the anus or vagina with liquids
Dowry: sum of money or goods paid to parents of future husband or wife
Drag queens: gay men who dress in female attire
Dungeons: rooms that are decorated for SM play
Dysfunctions: physical disorders relating to sex
Dysmorphophilia: arousal from deformed or physically impaired partners


Ecdemolagnia: arousal from traveling or being away from home
Ecdyosis: arousal from removing clothes in front of others
Ecorchement: flagellation
Ecouteurism: listening to others having sex without consent
Ederacinism: to tear out sex organs by the roots as in a frenzy or to punish oneself for sexual cravings
Ejaculatio praecox: premature ejaculation
Electric Shock: using electric shock for sensory enhancement
Electrophilia: arousal from electrical stimulus
Electrolysis: an electrical method of removing hair
Elopement: hasty and clandestine marriage without consent of family members
Emetophilia: Roman shower; arousal from vomit
Endytophilia: sexual urges, preferences or fantasies involving having sex with a partner who is dressed rather than undressed.
Enema: the insertion and expulsion of fluids into the anus
Enema cocktail: drinking purged contents of enema
Entomocism: the use of insects
Entomophilia: arousal from insects or using, them in sex play
Eonism: crossdressing
Eopareunia: engaging in sex while young
Ephebophilia: attraction to adolescent sex partner
Episioclisia: suturing of the labia majora; infibulation
Eproctolagniac: person aroused by flatulence
Eproctophilia: arousal from flatulence
Erotica: sexual literature and photos
Erotographomania: arousal from writing love poems or letters
Erotomania: people who develop an unreasonable love of a stranger or person not interested in them
Erotophobia: fear of sexual love
Erotophonophilia: lust murder
Essayeurs: men who were hired by bordellos to become sexual with women so that timid clients would follow their lead
Eugenics: belief that only the fittest should impregnate women
Eunuchs: castrated men
Executions: a legal death sentence, some people become aroused by watching executions
Exhibitionism: exposing body to inappropriate and nonconsenting people for arousal
Exmuliebrate: castration
Exophilia: the love of strange, new, extraterrestrial, robotic, supernatural, or otherwise non-human life-forms, neophilia; fetish for the unusual or bizarre


Fainting: passing out or losing consciousness
Famulus: slaves, family
Fantasy: mental image or illusion, sometimes sexual Fantasy Play: acting out sexual fantasies
Felching: sucking semen out of vagina or anus; or inserting animals into anus or vagina
Fellatio: oral sex on a male
Female impersonators: men who dress in women’s clothing, often for pay
Fetishes: an object that replaces people as primary object of love
Fibula: bar that runs through foreskin of male and attaches to semi-circle device, used by Romans to prevent intercourse
Ficaro: bordello
Fisting: inserting a fist or hand into the vagina or anus
Flagellation: striking a person with an object
Flatulence: passing gas from bowels
Flatuphilia: arousal from having partner pass gas
Flirting: pretending to have affection for another person
Floating hog ranches: boats used to transport prostitutes to the Western U.S. and from which they conducted business in route
Florentine girdle: chastity belt
Flower boats: Chinese boats used for prostitution
Foot binding: the wrapping of feet, done by Chinese and others
Foot fetish: podophilia
Formicophilia: a form of zoophilia, is the sexual interest in being crawled upon or nibbled by small insects, such as ants zoophilia; sex play with ants (see also Entomophilia)
Fornicatory Dolls: plastic blow up, rubber, or mechanical dolls used for penetration
Fratrilagnia: arousal from having sex with one’s brother
Frottage: rubbing body against partner or object for arousal
Furor uterinus: nymphomania
Furtling: the use of fingers underneath cut-outs in genital areas of photos for arousal


Galateism: agalmatophilia; sexual attraction to statues
Gamahucheur: cunnilingus
Gamophobia: fear of marriage
Gang Bangs: sex with a series of waiting partners
Gay: person who prefers same sex lover
Geishas: Japanese women used as social companions
Gemellus: testicles
Gendermap: “A developmental representation or template synchronously in the mind and brain depicting the details of one’s G-I/R. It includes the love map but is larger, insofar as it incorporates whatever is gender coded vocationally, educationally, recreationally, sartorially, and legally as well as in matters of etiquette, grooming, body language, and vocal intonation.” (John Money)
Genitals: sex organs of either male or female (penis, testicles, scrotum, clitoris, vagina, G-spot, cervix, etc.)
Gendoloma: the use of sexual fantasies to hasten orgasm
Genofact: genital fetish
Genuphallation: insertion of penis between the knees of a partner
Gerontophilia: attraction to a partner whose age is that of different generation
Girdle of Venus: chastity belt
Glory holes: a hole in a partition that allows a person on the other side to engage in sexual activity
Goddess Worship: a toilet scene using Witchcraft rituals
Godemiche: dildo in the shape of a penis with scrotum used for masturbation
Golden enemas and Douches: urine deposited into anus or vagina
Golden showers: urinating onto a partner’s body
Gomphipothic: arousal by the sight of teeth
Gonads: testicles
Graophilia: arousal from older female partner
Graffiti: drawing or inscription on public walls, sometimes sexual; coprography
Graphelagnia: arousal from photographs of nudity or sex
Green bower: motels or establishments that catered to short-term rentals of rooms by couples to be used for sex
Gregomulcia: arousal from being fondled in a crowd
Groping: feeling of unknown or unidentified person in boxes, suits, etc.
Group Sex: sex with more than one partner or in close proximity of others
Groupies: erotomania; people who are devoted to or who follow celebrities
Gymnocryptosis: females talking about sex life of husbands
Gymnophilia: arousal from nudity
Gynandromorphous: hermaphrodite
Gynecaeum: area where Greeks kept wives at home and separated from other men
Gynecomania: compulsive desire for female sex partners
Gynecozygous: lesbians
Gynelophilous: arousal from pubic hair
Gynelophism: scalping hair on pubic area, usually done by lust murders
Gynemimesis: male-to-female cross dressing
Gynemimetophilia: person aroused by a male impersonating a female
Gynephonia: effeminate voice
Gynonudomanic: compulsion to rip clothes off others
-gyny: female or having female organs


Handkerchief Codes: color codes to identify sexual preferences
Haptosis: non-consensual sexual touching
Harem: area where Arabs kept wives at home and separated from others
Harem effect: lesbianism Harlotry: prostitution
Harmatophobia: fear of sexual incompetence or making a mistake
Harmatophilia: arousal from sexual incompetence or mistakes, usually in female partner
Harnesses: body harnesses used in suspension or penis restriction
Harpaxophilia: arousal from being robbed or burglarized
Hebephilia: men aroused by teenage boys Hedonism: act of indulging in pleasure
Hedonophilia: sexual arousal from engaging in pleasurable activity
Hedralingus: licking anus
Hemerotism: daydreaming or fantasizing about sex or nudity
Hemotigolagnia: arousal from bloody sanitary pads
Hermaphrodite: person who has both part female and male genitalia
Hetaerae: the highest class Greek prostitute or female companion
Heterophilia: arousal from members of the opposite sex
Heterosexualism: arousal from members of the opposite sex
Hierophilia: arousal from sacred objects
Hirsutophilia: arousal from armpit hair
Hodophilia: arousal from traveling
Homilophilia: sexual arousal from hearing or giving sermons
Homoeroticism: sexual arousal from person of same sex
Homophilia: sexual arousal from person of same sex
Homophobia: fear of same gender sex partner
Homosexuality: arousal by partners of the same sex
Hot Wax: sex game where hot wax is melted onto partner
Humiliation: degrading partner to establish sexual power
Hybristophilia: love of someone who has committed an outrage
Hygrophilia: arousal from body fluids or moisture
Hymenoclasis: surgical defloration of virgin
Hymenorrhaphy: suturing of the hymen; infibulations
Hymenorrhexis: defloration of hymen
Hyperphilia: compulsive desire for sex
Hyphephilia: arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, fur or fabric
Hypnosis: act that induces a level of sleep


Iantronudia: arousal from exposing oneself to a physician, usually by faking an ailment
-iasis: pathological condition
Iconolagny: arousal from pictures or statues of nude people
Idiosyncrat: compulsive desire for sex
ldrophrodisia: arousal from the odor of perspiration, especially from the genitals
Impotence: the inability to achieve enough tumescence to penetrate a partner with one’s penis
Incest: sex with close family member
Incubus: a spirit who was thought to lie on top of women and have sex while they slept
Infanticide: the practice of killing a newborn child
Infantilism: cross-dressing as a young child for sex play
Infibulation: closing penis/vagina with suture or ring
Inflatable dolls: plastic dolls that are designed for genital penetration
Inspectionism: voyeurism
Insufflation: blowing air into a body cavity
Intergenerational: sex between partners with 20+ years age difference
Interrogation: to ask questions, sometimes under duress
Inunction: anointing or rubbing person with oil or lather
Invert: arousal from person of same sex
Invirility: impotence
Ipserotic: Narcissism
Irrumation: fellatio
Ischolagny: avoidance of women to prevent arousal
-ism: act or abnormal condition classified by prefix (i.e., transvestism)
-ist: person expert in field or adherent of prefix (i.e., sadist)
Iterandria: arousal from person of same sex


Jack gagger: a husband that procures men to pay for sex with his wife
Jactitation: a false boast that causes harm to others, sometimes sexual
Juvenilism: dressing or acting out role of a juvenile, sometimes sexual


Kabbazah Sex: tantra sex, male passive, female active
Karezza Sex: coitus reservatus
Kegel exercises: exercise of the pelvic muscles that control orgasm
Kleptolagnia: arousal from stealing
Kleptomania: compulsion to steal
Kleptophilia: arousal from stealing
Klismaphilia: arousal from enemas
Knismolagnia: arousal from tickling
Kokigami: the wrapping of the penis in a paper costume
Kolpeuryntomania: stretching of the vagina


Labiorrhaphy: suturing of the labia
Lacing: suturing body parts to another object for bondage
Lactaphilia: arousal from lactating breasts
-lagnia: lust, arousal
Lagnocolysis: celibacy
Lagnolalia: discussion of sexual subjects
Lagnonector: person who kills in order to have sex with corpse
Lagnoperissia: nymphomania
Lap dancing: squatting above a sitting person and rubbing against them to create arousal without touching genitals
Latex: rubber or plastic suits worn by people with this fetish
Lectamia: bundling
Lena: female panderer or procurer for prostitute
Leno: male panderer or pimp for prostitute
Leptosadism: mild form of sadism
Lesbian: woman who prefers female lover
Levirate marriage: marriage of widow without a son to deceased husband’s brother
-lingus: suffix meaning with the tongue
Love: attachment, fondness, and devotion
Love addiction: irresistible compulsion to fantasize about or to be with a partner
Love map: “A developmental representation or template in the mind and in the brain depicting the idealized lover and the idealized program of sexuoerotic activity projected in imagery or actually engaged in with that lover.” (John Money)
Love potions: potions that are thought to increase a person’s sexual desire
Lubricants; a substance that reduces friction, often used to facilitate penetration
Lung-yang: arousal from person of same sex
Lust Murder: murdering a person one feels a sexual attraction toward
Lygerastia: tendency to only be aroused in darkness


Macrogenitalism: arousal from large genitals
Maieusiophilia: arousal from pregnant women
Mammagymnophilia: arousal from female breasts
-mania: suffix indicating an abnormal preoccupation, compulsion, or craving for an act or object
Manuxorate: male using his hand to masturbate
Maritate: female masturbating alone
Martymachlia: group sex
Maschalophilous: arousal from armpits
Masochism: ability to transfer emotions caused by pain to erotic feelings or as median in which to analyze weaknesses and strengths
Massage: rubbing of the body to increase circulation
Massage Parlors: a business establishment that specializes in massage
Mastigothymia: flagellation
Mastix: female sadist
Mastofact: breast fetish
Masturbation: orgasm not involving penetration of partner
Matrincest: sex with one’s mother
Matronolagnia: arousal from older female partner
Maturation: the process of aging including sexual changes
Mazoperosis: mutilation of breasts
Mazophallate: rubbing penis between breasts
Meatotomy: dilating urethra with a medical dilating device, the urethra is stretched to eventually facilitate a finger or a penis
Medical scenes: sex play that involves using medical instruments or settings as props
Medocure: the clipping or perfuming of the penis Medolalia: talking about the penis
Melolagnia: arousal from music
Menage a trois: a husband and wife having sex with a third party
Menophilist: arousal from menstruating women
Menstrual taboo: separation of spouses during female’s menstrual cycle
Merinthophilia: arousal from being bound
Merlin: an artificial vagina used for penetration
Miscegenation: sex between races
Misogynist: a man who hates women
Misogyny: hatred of women by either sex
Mixoscopia: orgasm dependent on watching others having sex
Moriaphilia: arousal from telling sexual jokes
Morphophilia: arousal from person with a different physique
Mortality: inevitable death
Mucophagy: consuming mucous secretions as in nasolingus
Mummification: wrapping the full body in a manner that prevents movement
Munchausen’s syndrome: arousal from reopening a wound
Mutilation: tearing the skin or otherwise deforming a person’s body
Mysophilia: arousal from soiled clothing or foul decaying odors


Nanophilia: sexual attraction to a short partner
Naphephilia: arousal from touching or being touched
Narcissism: self love
Narratophilia: person who is aroused by discussing sex with others
Nasolingus: arousal from sucking nose of partner
Nasophilia: nose fetish
Natural family planning: birth control by rhythm method
Necrochlesis: sex with a female corpse
Necrocoitus: penetration of corpses
Necrophagia: cannibalism of corpses
Necrophilia: sex with corpses
Necrosadism: sadism or mutilation of corpses
Negotiation: arranging transactions for conduct with sex partner
Neophilia: arousal from novelty or change
Nepiolagnia: arousal by infants of opposite sex
Nepiophilia: arousal by infants of opposite sex
Nepiphtherosis: attempted sex with an infant
Nepirasty: arousal from handling infant often experienced by childless females
Niddah: abstaining from sex 1/3 of the time to create arousal during rest of month
Nomavalent: arousal from traveling or new places, usually impotent at home
Nonmonogamy: multiple sex partners
Normophilia: those only aroused by acts considered normal by their religion or society
Nosolagnia: arousal from knowing partner has terminal illness
Nosophilia: arousal from knowing partner has terminal illness
Nudity (Recreational): nudity in group settings, beaches, nudist camps, etc.
Nudomania: arousal from nudity
Nymph: young woman or nature goddesses
Nympholepsy: trance state induced by erotic fantasies
Nymphomania: uncontrollable desire of woman for sex
Nymphophilia: adult males who are attracted to young females
Nymphotomy: removal of the inner labia


Obscene Phone Callers: people who become aroused by making phone calls, using vulgar language, or trying to elicit a reaction from the other party
Ochlophilia: arousal from being in a crowd
Oculolinctus: licking partner’s eyeball
Oculophilia: eye fetish
Odaxelagnia: arousal from biting
Odontophilia: arousal from tooth extractions or tooth fetish
Oedipus complex: repressed desire to have sex with parent of opposite sex
Old maid’s insanity: erotomania
Olisbos: dildos
Olfaction: the sense of smell
Olfactophilia: arousal from odors
Omolagnia: arousal from nudity
Onanism: masturbation or withdrawing penis from vagina before ejaculation
Ondinisme: arousal from urine
Oneiropornism: dreaming about prostitutes or sex
Open marriage: adultery
Ophidicism: use of snakes, sometimes for sexual purposes
Ophidiophilia: arousal from snakes
Oral sex: contact between the mouth and genitals; use of the mouth in sex play
Ordune: arousal from photographs of nudes or sex
Orgasms: climax of sexual excitement, often accompanying ejaculation
Organofact: fetish for some part of the body
Orgies: group sex
Osculocentric: arousal from kissing
Osmolagnia: arousal from odors
Osmophilia: arousal from odors
Osphresiolagnia: arousal from odors
Othello’s syndrome: jealousy
Oxygen regulation: regulating intake of oxygen for sexual enhancement
Ozolagnia: arousal from odors


Pageism: male submitting to female
Panderer: a procurer or go-between for prostitutes and clients
Paraphallus: dildos
Paraphilia: sexual arousal to unusual or socially unacceptable object or act
Parascopism: voyeurism, especially through bed room windows
Pareunasthenia: impotence
Pareunomania: compulsive desire for sex
Parthenity: virgin
Parthenophagy: cannibalism of young girls
Parthenophilia: sexual desire for virgins
Parthenos: virgin
Passivism: submission
Pathicus: passive recipient in gay anal sex; catamite
Pathicant: a minor who engages in anal sex with an adult
Pathophobia: phobia of contracting a sexually transmitted disease
Patrolagnia: sex with one’s own father
Pecattiphilia: arousal from sinning or possibly guilt
Pederasty: anal sex
Pediophilia: arousal from dolls
Pedophilia: sex with minors
Peeping Tom: voyeur
Penetration toys: devices used for penis insertion during masturbation
Penis ligation: the tying of the foreskin of a penis
Penis modification: physical alteration of penis
Penosugia: fellatio
Peodeiktophilia: exhibitionism
Peritomy: circumcision
Perogynia: mutilation of females
Personal ads: advertisements designed to attract sex partners
Perversion: sexual acts that differ from the majority; paraphilia
Petticoat discipline: the use of cross dressing adolescent boys by their mothers as a form of control
-phagy: practice of eating object specified by prefix
Phallolalia: talking about penises
Phallophilia: large penis fetish or preference
Pheromones: natural chemicals or hormones that induce sexual response
Philemanmania: compulsion to kiss
-philia: suffix that indicates an abnormal sexual attachment to what is specified by acronym
Phlebotomy: arousal from bloodletting
Phobias: an irrational fear of an object or situation
Phobophilia: arousal from fear or hate
Phone Sex: verbal sex between partners on a phone
Phygephilia: sexual arousal from being a fugitive
Pictophilia: arousal from pictures, video or movies with a sexual subject
Pie throwing: arousal from being hit with a pie
Piercing: inserting needles into skin for arousal
Pimps: procurer for sexual partners that pay
Play: the consensual acting out of a role or game, sometimes sexual
Play room: room equipped with sex paraphernalia and used primarily for sex play
Podophilia: arousal from feet
Polyandry: one wife with multiple husbands
Polygamy: one person with multiple marriage partners
Polygyny: one person with multiple wives
Polyiterophilia: arousal only after having sex with a series of partners
Polymorphous: having several forms of arousal techniques
Pompoir: vaginal muscle control that masturbates penis when inserted
Pornography: depictions of sex that are considered unacceptable by one’s society
Posthetomy: circumcision
Power tools: electric or battery operated tools that can be used in sex play, although this was not their original function
Preblysis: premature ejaculation
Prisha: religious separation of males and females
Proctophallism: anal sex
Proctotitillia: tickling anus
Procurer: a person who solicits or provides prostitutes for clients
Professional dominatrix: woman hired to function as a top or sadist
Prostitution: sex performed for financial gain Pseudo: pretended act
Psycholagny: orgasm induced from psychic or mental stimulation
Psychopathic: person who indulges in own pleasure without regard for hurting others
Psychose passionelle: erotomania
Psychrophilia: arousal from being cold or watching others freeze
Psychrotentiginous: arousal from cold weather
Pubephilia: arousal from pubic hair
Pubic dressing: coloring or adding ornaments to pubic hair
Pubic Hair sculpturing: removing pubic hair so that the remainder forms a pattern (i.e. a heart)
Pudendacure: pubic dressing for female
Purdah: veil used on women to hide their face
Puritans: a protestant group that became excessively strict regarding morals
Pygmalionism: agalmatophilia; statue fetishism where person rubs their body against statue
Pygophilemania: arousal from kissing buttocks
Pygophilia: arousal from contact with buttocks
Pygotripsis: arousal from rubbing buttocks
Pyrophilia: arousal from fire or of its use in sex play


Quadoshka: American Indian form of tantric sex
Queening: sitting on the side of a person’s face as a form of bondage


Rape: nonconsensual sex involving coercion, empowerment or anger

Rape rack: bondage device which leaves victim’s genitals exposed for sex or rape
Raptophilia: arousal only from raping a victim
Red light district: area with bordellos and perhaps street prostitutes
Relics: an object that has historical or special interest
Renifleur: person aroused die smell of urine or by sniffing underwear
Retifism: shoe fetish
Rhabdophilia: arousal from being flagellated
Rimming: penetration of anus with tongue
Ringing: insertion of permanent jewelry into a body piercing
Ritual Sex: sex performed with specific rules of conduct (i.e., Wicca, weddings, slave training)
Robotism: attraction to or the use of robots in sex play
Roman Showers: vomiting on partner, usually after drinking urine or wine


Sacofricosis: cutting a hole in pant pocket to facilitate masturbation in public
Sadism: empowerment and arousal derived from injuring others
Sadomasochism by proxy: arousal from watching others disciplined; Dippoldism
Salirophilia: person ingesting human sweat or saliva (fluids with a salt content)
Sapphosadism: lesbian sadism
Sarmassophilia: arousal from kneading flesh
Satan worship: religious rituals performed to Satan as a god
Satyriasis: men who have an uncontrollable desire for sex
Scarfing: the use of a scarf in strangulation for sexual arousal
Scat: arousal from using feces in sex play
Scopophilia: arousal from being stared at oneself
Scoptolagnia: arousal from seeing the genitals of the opposite sex
Scoptophilia: arousal from looking at sexually stimulating scenes
Scortum: prostitution
Scrotal infusion: infusion of saline into the scrotal sack so that it enlarges
Selgolalia: telling stories that include sex
Sensory compensation: our body’s regulation of incoming stimulus to a tolerable level
Sensory deprivation: using lack of sensations to create desire
Sensory enhancement: increasing arousal by increased body sensations
Sensory overload: inability of our body to absorb and comprehend incoming stimulus
Seraglio: the Chinese practice of keeping wives secluded at home from other men
Serenades: musical performance during courtship given outdoors at night
Sergeism: infliction of injury to suppress arousal, automasochism, based on story of Sergius by Tolstoy
Sex addiction: compulsion to have sex
Sex Magick: the use of witchcraft rituals for sexual purposes
Sex rings: organized groups of children being sexually exploited by one or more adults
Sex surrogates: people who are trained to help people overcome sexual dysfunctions
Sex toys: mechanical objects used to assist in masturbation or sex play
Sexautism: tendency to be preoccupied with sexual thoughts
Sexercise: exercises designed to improve muscles used for sex
Sexologists: people who study the science of sex
Sexoschizia: bi-sexual
Sexual aberration: paraphilia
Sexual anomalies: paraphilias
Sexual inversion: arousal from person of same sex
Sexual sadist killer: lust murderer
Shaving: removing the hair with a razor of a partner or oneself for arousal
Showers: depositing body fluids onto a partner’s body
Shunammitism: bundling
Siderodromophilia: arousal from trains
Siphnianize: anal masturbation
Sitophilia: arousal from food
Slapping: slapping partner for arousal
Slaves: person who contracts to be sex slave
Sleeping princess syndrome: those aroused by partner who appears to be asleep
Slings: swings or other forms of support for suspension from which a person may engage in sex
Smegma: secretions from gland under foreskin of penis or clitoris
Snapping pussy: constrictions of muscles used for orgasm; sexercise
Snuff films: films that portray the actual murder and mutilation of one of the actors
Sodomy: oral or anal intercourse involving penetration with male, female, or animal
Somnophilia: fondling stranger in their sleep
Sororate marriage: right of spouse to engage in sex with sisters-in-law or sometimes brothers-in-law
Sororilagnia: sex with one’s own sister
Sotadism: anal sex
Sounding: insertion of an object into the urethra
Spanking: using hand to slap partner’s buttocks for sensory enhancement and arousal
Spay: castration
Spectrophilia: either coitus with spirits or arousal from image in mirrors
Speculum: dilating device used by physicians when doing pelvic exams and in SM medical scenes
Spermatophobia: fear of semen loss
Sphagia: a sacrifice used to placate the gods, the whole offering was completely burned
Sphincter: anal or urethral muscle that closes to prevent passage of urine or feces
Splitting: splitting the penis from the glans toward the base
Stabbing: insertion of a sharp object into flesh
Stag parties: private parties where only men and possibly a female stripper or entertainer are permitted
Stapling: inserting a U-shaped wire into skin during sex play
Statuophilia: agalmatophilia; sexual attraction to statues
Sthenolagnia: arousal from demonstration of strength or muscles
Stigmatophilia: arousal from partner who is stigmatized (i.e., tattoos, piercings, scars)
Strabismus: arousal from eyes of partner
Strangulation: controlling oxygen by restricting windpipe or blood vessels in neck
Stretching: stretching body or genitals for arousal
String bondage: constrictions; wrapping string around body at certain intervals for arousal
Strip poker: card game where the losers remove articles of clothing
Strip search: interrogation process where sex partner is stripped and searched
Stripping: removal of clothes, sometimes performed on stage in an erotic manner
Stuffing: insertion of objects into vagina or anus
Stupprator: man who is aroused by virgins
Subincision: cutting part of the glans penis from the tip toward the base
Subliminal tapes: audiotapes that give messages intended to alter habits
Submission: surrender to and trust of a partner
Subpersonality: a temporary personality or character change but one where the person does not lose all consciousness with their current surroundings, they are often from childhood
Succubus: a female spirit who was thought to lie underneath men and have sex with them while they slept
Support groups: groups of people that find solace in discussing a common problem
Suspension: suspending body for sensory deprivation and bondage
Suttee: religious practice of killing wife upon husband’s death and burial
Suturing: stitching flesh together
Swinging: group sex or wife swapping
Swing: an object that allows a person to be suspended and move back and forth
Switch: people who play either the top or bottom role (sadist or masochist)
Sybian: a vibrating dildo that sits on top of an object that resembles a saddle
Symphorophilia: arousal from arranging a disaster, crash, or explosion
Syntribate: rubbing thighs together to masturbate


Tachorgasmia: premature ejaculation
Talisman: charm, sometimes used in love spells
Tantalolagnia: arousal from teasing
Tantra: yoga type sexual discipline
Taphephilia: arousal from being buried alive
Tattooing: tattooing for arousal and marking
Tea Room: slang term for restrooms used for hustling and fellatio
Teasing: to excite sexually but without fulfilling implied message
Teledildonics: arousal from computer sex games
Telegony: belief that first man impregnating woman will be the father of any subsequent children
Telephone scatophilia: arousal from obscene phone calls
Telephonicophilia: arousal from using phone calls for sexual conversations
Teratophallic: large penises
Terror play: sex play using terror or fear for arousal
Thalpotentiginy: arousal from heat
Thelectize: clitoridectomy
Thesauromania: compulsion to collect objects or clothing belonging to females
Thlipsosis: arousal from pinching others
Three-legged bloomers: bondage underwear garment that has sleeve for head that opens to genitals of partner
Thusiai: a sacrifice of food cooked on an altar and eaten later by priests or worshippers
Thygatria: sex between father and daughter
Tickling: light touch that sometimes causes a laughter response
Timophilia: when a person’s primary arousal comes from gold or wealth
-tion: suffix indicating a state of being
Titillagnia: arousal from tickling
Tithiolagnia: having an orgasm while nursing
Toilet Training: urinating or defecating on a partner as a form of slave training
Top: term used for partner who controls stimuli during sex games
Torture: inflicting pain to get information or for revenge, also used in sex play
Tourniquets: a device that compresses blood vessels to control bleeding, sometimes sexual
Toucheurism: touching a stranger for arousal
Tragolimia: compulsive desire for sex regardless of attraction of partner
Transsexual: person who are in the process of physically changing sexes
Transvestite: person who is aroused by cross dressing
Transvestophilia: arousal from cross dressing
Traumaphilia: arousal from wounds or trauma; automasochism
Trial marriage: couple who lives together for a period to determine compatibility for marriage
Tribadism: lesbianism; sex by rubbing
Triborgasmia: wife who masturbates husband
Trichophilia: hair fetish
Tripsolagnia: arousal from having hair shampooed
Tripsolagnophilia: arousal from massage
Tripsophilia: arousal from massage
Troilism: arousal by being third party in sex scene
Troubadours: 11th-13th century musician poets that popularized love and chivalry
Tunnel of love: carnival boat ride that passed through a dark tunnel allowing couples a moment of privacy
Tyrannism: cruelty; sadism


Undinism: arousal from water
Uranism: arousal from person of same sex
Urethral self-instrumentation: sounding; inserting object into urethra for arousal
Urolagnia: arousal from urine
Urophilia: arousal from urine Urtication: the use of nettles to create extra sensation


Vampirism: consuming blood of partner for arousal
Vertigo: dizziness, sometimes used to enhance sex acts
Vertugadin: large hooped skirts that also acted as chastity devices
Vibrators: tools that are inserted and which vibrate
Vicarphilia: arousal from other people’s exciting experiences
Victorian lace: sexual discipline using cross dressing as punishment
Victorianism: a 19th century English society that was notorious for bigotry and restrictive about morals
Vincilagnia: arousal from bondage
Virgin: person not having experienced penetrative sex with another person
Virimimism: adoption of masculinity
Visualization: an image formed by the mind, sometimes used in sex rituals and often in sexual fantasy
Voyeurism: arousal by watching others without their consent


Water sports: the use of urine for arousal; urophilia
Waxing: removal of body hair by a sticky substance applied to a strip laid against hair and pulled off
Weddings: marriage ceremonies
Weight training: the use of hanging weights on genitals or hooks for arousal
Whipping: striking or flagellating a partner for sensory enhancement
White slavery: the sale of one race to another for purposes of prostitution
Whore house: bordello Wife swapping: exchanging spouses with another couple for sexual purposes
Worship: reverence of an object or person
Wrestling: a physical struggle between two or more people, used as sexual arousal by some


Xenodynamic: person who is only potent with strangers
Xenolimia: arousal from strangers
Xenophilia: arousal from strangers


Yoni worship: worship of the female genitals
Yoshiwara: Japanese prostitutes


Zelophilia: arousal from jealousy
Zooerasty: arousal from animals
Zoophilia: arousal from animals
Zwischenstufe: arousal from person of same sex

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