Vorarephilia (often shortened to vore) is a paraphilia where arousal occurs from the idea of someone or something eating, or being eaten by, someone or something. It is thus distinguishable from cannibalism, the actual act of a human eating human flesh, as there are no bounds on the species of either party in vorarephilia. The fantasy may sometimes involve the victim being swallowed dead or alive, and may or may not include digestion. Since satisfying the fetish in real life may be illegal or even physically impossible depending on the specific vorarephiliac fantasy, it is most often enjoyed through pictures, stories, videos, and video games. It may be seen as a variation on macrophilia in some cases, and may also be combined with other fetishes.
The word vorarephilia is derived from the Latin vorare (to "swallow" or "devour"), and Ancient Greek φιλία (philía, "love").
- "Rotenburg Cannibal" Armin Meiwes, a vorarephiliac cannibal who acted out his fantasy with a willing victim