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élan vital

in the thought of French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859–1941), a vital force or energy that animates living organisms, including humans, and propels life toward some end through the process of evolution. Also called life force. See vitalism. [French, literally: “vital impetus”]

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telephone scatologia

telephone scatologia

a paraphilia in which an individual obtains sexual pleasure by making obscene telephone calls. See scatophilia.