Definition of voyeurism in English:


Pronunciation /vwʌɪˈjəːrɪz(ə)m//vɔɪˈəːrɪz(ə)m/


mass noun
  • 1The 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’
    • ‘Hitchcock indulges his and his viewers' voyeurism while also positioning them as guilty perverts - Peeping Toms.’
    • ‘Her photographs evoke a similar sense of sleazy voyeurism.’
    • ‘Wrapped in luscious cinematography, while exposed to vague fascist sympathies during El Duce's love affair with power, the film is a eulogy to masturbation and voyeurism.’
    • ‘Attempts to read this as late neorealism were problematic too, given the writer's drooling voyeurism in rendering an endless parade of naked male flesh.’
    • ‘The work displays a fascination with sensuality in film and parallels this with voyeurism and the desire to touch.’
    1. 1.1 Enjoyment from seeing the pain or distress of others.
      ‘township visits are bordering on voyeurism’
      • ‘Part documentary, part historical record keeping, and part voyeurism is the triumvirate of this disc.’
      • ‘One corollary is a reduction in potentially problematic voyeurism that often accompanies images of vulnerability.’
      • ‘REALITY SOAPS AND VOYEURISM The dependence of this kind of programming upon non-actors raises some significant issues about the morality and ethics of putting ordinary people into situations where they reveal private, personal behaviours for the vicarious pleasure of a television audience.’
      • ‘All this is suggested by a scattering of clues - text fragments that reckon the effects of exploitation and cultural voyeurism.’
      • ‘Films about mental illness do provide more than voyeurism.’