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Definition someone who deliberately behaves in such a way as to attract attention


someone with a compulsive desire to expose the genitals in public
  • Who was he to jeer at the exhibitionism of the people accompanying the courageous doctors to the border?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Among the younger children there was some exhibitionism (you show me and I'll show you).
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Outer reality is represented by boys who have just knocked down old ladies, by prowlers, reckless drivers, exhibitionists, peeping-toms.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "Sissy," Francis' sister, "was always drowning herself because she was an exhibitionist."
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Naked, evil, blackened with the sin of exhibitionism, the breeze blowing lewdly up the backs of her legs, inciting lust.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Although perhaps a touch exhibitionistic, it seemed a fairly harmless diversion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • A transient mode, exhibitionists trying to attract attention.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But no account of Texas would be complete without a Texas orgy, showing men of great wealth squandering their millions on tasteless and impassioned exhibitionism.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • I'm an exhibitionist.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • However, right now I'm jumping out of Josh Bennett's truck and he's standing next to my car and in a minute we'll be leaving together, and that's an act of exhibitionism I wasn't planning to put on just yet.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • He loves the tube, especially the racy, exhibitionist afternoon talk shows, which he watches for a few minutes tonight before turning to the local news-the lead story about a shooting not far from here-and then flipping to The Flintstones, a favorite.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The water was almost the last place he looked for Rosemary, because few people swam any more in that blue paradise, children and one exhibitionistic valet who punctuated the morning with spectacular dives from a fifty-foot rock—most of Gausse's guests stripped the concealing pajamas from their flabbiness only for a short hangover dip at one o'clock.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ...eyes cast down, well aware of his utilitarian role in all this, and Mademoiselle Kleefeld for her part took increasing offense as she realized from Hans Castorp's roving, blank glaze that she was only a means to some other end—and all the while Hans Castorp sulked and played coy and turned fancy phrases and made his voice as melodious as possible, until he finally achieved his goal, and Frau Chau-chat turned to look directly at the conversational exhibitionist, but only for a moment.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Not one stock-farm corral of tennis courts for exhibitionists—but many private tennis courts.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They said that it was preposterous, exhibitionist and phony.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There is no freak exhibitionism here, no perverted striving for novelty, no orgy of unbridled egotism.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It opened the way into long streets edged by tight, exhibitionist lawns.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Just an exhibitionist.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It's not just the kind of work you do; I wouldn't care, if you were an exhibitionist who's being different as a stunt, as a lark, just to attract attention to himself.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • who possessed so many literary references and allusions, both classical and modern, and who within the space of an hour could, with no gratuitous strain, weave together Lytton Strachey, Alice in Wonderland, Martin Luther's early celibacy, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the mating habits of the Sumatran orangutan into a little jewel box of a beguiling lecture which facetiously but with a serious overtone explored the intertwined nature of sexual voyeurism and exhibitionism.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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