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sexual Idioms & Phrases


double standard of sexual behavior

  • noun a code that permits greater sexual freedom for men than for women (associated with the subordination of women)
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primary sexual characteristic

  • noun the genetically determined sex characteristics bound up with reproduction (genitals and organs of reproduction)
    primary sex characteristic; primary sex character.
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secondary sexual characteristic

  • noun the genetically determined sex characteristics that are not functionally necessary for reproduction (pitch of the voice and body hair and musculature)
    secondary sex character; secondary sex characteristic.
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sexual abstention

  • noun abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
    chastity; celibacy.
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sexual abuse

  • noun a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
    sexual abuse; sex crime; sex offense.
    • most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault
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sexual activity

  • noun activities associated with sexual intercourse
    sexual activity; sex; sex activity.
    • they had sex in the back seat
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sexual arousal

  • noun the arousal of sexual desires in preparation for sexual behavior
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sexual assault

  • noun a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
    sexual abuse; sex crime; sex offense.
    • most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault
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sexual attraction

  • noun attractiveness on the basis of sexual desire
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sexual characteristic

  • noun those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
    sex character; sex characteristic.
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sexual climax

  • noun the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
    orgasm; climax; coming.
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sexual congress

  • noun the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
    congress; intercourse; sexual intercourse; sex act; carnal knowledge; sexual congress; relation; copulation; coitus; coition.
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sexual conquest

  • noun a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
    score.
    • calling his seduction of the girl a `score' was a typical example of male slang
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sexual desire

  • noun a desire for sexual intimacy
    concupiscence; physical attraction; eros.
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Sexual dimorphism

  • (Biol.), the condition of having one of the sexes existing in two forms, or varieties, differing in color, size, etc., as in many species of butterflies which have two kinds of females.
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sexual discrimination

  • noun discrimination (usually in employment) that excludes one sex (usually women) to the benefit of the other sex
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sexual harassment

  • noun unwelcome sexual behavior by a supervisor toward an employee
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sexual immorality

  • noun the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions
    • sexual immorality is the major reason for last year's record number of abortions
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sexual intercourse

  • noun the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
    congress; intercourse; sexual intercourse; sex act; carnal knowledge; sexual congress; relation; copulation; coitus; coition.
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sexual inversion

  • noun a term formerly used to mean taking on the gender role of the opposite sex
    inversion.
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sexual love

  • noun a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction
    erotic love; love.
    • their love left them indifferent to their surroundings
    • she was his first love
  • noun sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    making love; love life; love; lovemaking.
    • his lovemaking disgusted her
    • he hadn't had any love in months
    • he has a very complicated love life
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Sexual method

  • (Bot.), a method of classification proposed by Linnæus, founded mainly on difference in number and position of the stamens and pistils of plants.
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sexual morality

  • noun morality with respect to sexual relations
    virtue; chastity.
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sexual perversion

  • noun an aberrant sexual practice;
    perversion.
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sexual pleasure

  • noun pleasure derived from sexual activities
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sexual practice

  • noun activities associated with sexual intercourse
    sexual activity; sex; sex activity.
    • they had sex in the back seat
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sexual relation

  • noun the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
    congress; intercourse; sexual intercourse; sex act; carnal knowledge; sexual congress; relation; copulation; coitus; coition.
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sexual relationship

  • noun a relationship involving sexual intimacy
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sexual reproduction

  • noun reproduction involving the union or fusion of a male and a female gamete
    amphimixis.
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Sexual selection

  • (Biol.), the selective preference of one sex for certain characteristics in the other, such as bright colors, musical notes, etc.; also, the selection which results from certain individuals of one sex having more opportunities of pairing with the other sex, on account of greater activity, strength, courage, etc.; applied likewise to that kind of evolution which results from such sexual preferences. Darwin.
    In these cases, therefore, natural selection seems to have acted independently of sexual selection. A. R. Wallace.
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sexual union

  • noun the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
    coupling; union; pairing; conjugation; mating.
    • the casual couplings of adolescents
    • the mating of some species occurs only in the spring
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sexual urge

  • noun all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses
    sex.
    • he wanted a better sex life
    • the film contained no sex or violence
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