[ vwah-yuh-ris-tik ]
Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
20th century; French; from French voi(r); from Latin vidēre
adjectiverelating to the enjoyment from seeing others in pain or upset
adjectiverelating to the pleasure gained from watching someone, especially secretively
adjectiveA) Her intrigue in watching her friends break up was borderline voyeuristic. B) His enjoyment during the brutal fight came across as voyeuristic.
adjectiveA) 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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