Exhibitionism vs. Voyeurism

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Main Difference

The main difference between Exhibitionism and Voyeurism is that the Exhibitionism is a act of exposing in a public or semi-public context those parts of one's body that are not normally exposed and Voyeurism is a sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors.

  • Exhibitionism (noun)

    The practice or character trait of deliberately drawing attention to oneself.

  • Exhibitionism (noun)

    The practice or character trait of deliberately displaying one's genitals, nipples, or buttocks in public.

  • Voyeurism (noun)

    The derivation of sexual satisfaction by watching people secretly, especially when those being watched are undressed or engaging in sexual activity.

  • Voyeurism (noun)

    The derivation of satisfaction by obsessively watching or following sensational or sordid subjects.

  • Exhibitionism (noun)

    extravagant behaviour that is intended to attract attention to oneself.

  • Exhibitionism (noun)

    a mental condition characterized by the compulsion to display one's genitals in public.

  • Voyeurism (noun)

    the practice of gaining sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity

    "Internet sites dedicated to the act of voyeurism"

  • Voyeurism (noun)

    enjoyment from seeing the pain or distress of others

    "township visits are bordering on voyeurism"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Exhibitionism (noun)

    extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself

  • Exhibitionism (noun)

    the perverse act of exposing and attracting attention to your own genitals

  • Voyeurism (noun)

    perversion in which a person receives sexual gratification from seeing the genitalia of others or witnessing others' sexual behavior

Princeton's WordNet

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