Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Excessively interested or involved in sexual activity.

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  • adj. Excessively interested in sex
  • adj. Of or relating to hypersexuality

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Examples

  • It is likely that the term hypersexual disorder -- not sex addiction -- will appear in the updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the psychiatric Bible, due out in 2013.

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  • The addition of what the APA is calling "hypersexual disorder" would legitimize sex addiction in a way that was unthinkable just a few years ago, when Bill Clinton's philandering was regarded as a moral failing or a joke - but not, in the main, as an illness.

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  • He seems to be "hypersexual"-engaging in sexual relationships in a driven way that may be nearly involuntary.

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  • The remainder of the verses -- with which the suburban sopranos will doubtless break the serenity of the suburban nights this summer -- were of a "sloppy" sentimentality combined with a kind of hypersexual idiocy unparalleled except in an English ballad of the popular order.

    Over the Fireside with Silent Friends

  • We define female breasts as "hypersexual" (quotes because it's not the perfect term, but gets at the meaning).

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  • Creation of several new diagnoses, such as hypersexual disorder and binge eating disorder.

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  • Cheating on a spouse -- is it simple philandering or a psychological affiction? sex addiction "-- clinically known as hypersexual disorder -- has been tossed around with increasing frequency since a growing string of celebrity adulterers have blamed their affairs on what they say are uncontrollable urges.

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  • In film portrayals of African Americans, by the early 1970s, the sexless and self-sacrificing characters played by Sidney Poitier during the civil rights era had been replaced by hypersexual superheroes who had achieved spectacular wealth by means other than “working for the Man.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • "The more we see female characters who are hypersexual, one-dimensional eye candy, sidelined, or not even there," Davis said, "the more it affects the way boys and girls think about girls."

    The Shame of Family Films

  • "The hypersexual culture in which we live has one pervasive message to young adults and it is that happiness can only be derived through sex," says Lamb, co-author of Between Husband and Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy.

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