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Dacryphilia (also known as dacrylagnia) is a form of paraphilia in which one is aroused by tears or sobbing.[1][2][better source needed]

The term comes from the Greek words dacry- meaning "tears," and philia meaning "love."[3]

Dacryphilia is not limited to BDSM and may be experienced by those who do not consider themselves a dominant or submissive. They may be aroused when their partner cries during a movie or from the normal emotional vulnerability and strong feelings of love that may make a partner cry during intercourse.[4]


  1. ^ Holmes, Ronald M. Sex Crimes: Patterns and Behavior. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. p. p. 244. ISBN 0-7619-2417-5. OCLC 48883594.
  2. ^ Aggrawal, Anil (2009). Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unususal Sexual Practices. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 373. ISBN 978-1-4200-4308-2.
  3. ^ "Definition/Meaning of dacryphilia". EngYes. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  4. ^ Mark D. Griffiths (14 January 2016). "Can Crying Be Sexually Arousing? A brief look at dacryphilia". Psychology Today.