voyeuristic

[ vwah-yuh-ris-tik ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

20th century; French

from French voi(r); from Latin vidēre

Synonyms

    1.
  • inquisitive
  • curious
    2.
  • nosing

Antonyms

    1.
  • N/A
    2.
  • incurious

Definition

1. relating to the enjoyment from seeing others in pain or upset
2. relating to the pleasure gained from watching someone, especially secretively

Examples

1. A) Her intrigue in watching her friends break up was borderline voyeuristic. B) His enjoyment during the brutal fight came across as voyeuristic.
2. A) They find voyeuristic pleasure in watching the drama unfold that they are not involved in. B) He displayed a voyeuristic fascination with the fight taking place in front of him.

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